Calgary’s Flyover Park has reclaimed the forgotten space under the 4th avenue overpass, creating a vibrant community hub where residents, commuters, and visitors can enjoy an active lifestyle year-round.
Inspired by urban parks that reclaim “forgotten” spaces in cities such as New York, Boston, Miami, and Toronto, Flyover Park has become a recreational hub on the edge of downtown Calgary.
The original concept of the park was championed by grade 6 students at Riverside School and landscape architecture students at the University of Calgary. With support from partners including The City of Calgary, The Alberta Government and the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, the project also engaged the broader community to provide additional design input, with the final design created by Stantec.
The park design includes tiered seating, hill slides, creative high-impact lighting, accessibility features, family fun games (shuffleboard, ping pong, ladder toss), and murals
“Innovative urban parks like Flyover Park are the way of the future. We were able to leverage the dedication of the community and the imaginative spirit of local school children to create something extraordinary,” says Sheila Taylor, CEO, Parks Foundation Calgary.
Flyover Park is contributing to a better quality of life for residents in Bridgeland-Riverside by increasing public safety and encouraging a sense of community. Taylor also noted that, “Flyover Park came at exactly the right time. The pandemic has forced us to isolate away from our communities and spaces like this help Calgarians reconnect in a safe, healthy and fun way.”