Old Refinery Park Cycling Pathway Milestone Update
Hello to all of my Ward 9 neighbours!
This message for for my neighbours in Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood and for cyclists and all Calgarians who are interested in Old Refinery Park.
I am very happy to share with you a great update and milestone for Old Refinery Park in Ogden. You have asked me over the years to keep you in the loop with what is happening at this park. Each update you’ve been provided has always shown that we are getting closer and closer to its opening and I am finally ready to share a couple of major milestones coming up in the very near future.
As you know, the pathway connection in Old Refinery Park was closed after the 2013 flood. It was devastating to the folks who were avid and proud users of this great pedestrian and cycling connection. While the flood may have been the reason for its initial closing, the long term closure was a result of major reclamation work. Because of the contamination from the oil refinery, this area wasn’t safe for human habitation.
However, with the reclamation efforts underway, the area is safe for recreational use again, and the water quality of the Bow River is not under threat. The park, with its diverse habitats, provides an important part of the effort to naturalize the city's river valleys and creates a tranquil and beautiful park for users. The repaired pathway also serves as an important corridor for recreation and commuters alike and I’m happy to report, that through the collaboration of the Environmental Safety Management group and our Parks department, the pathway will be open for access a full 6 months before the park.
While there will be fencing in place to protect the new flora as they require time to mature and get rooted between April and October, cyclers and walkers alike will get a full summer season use of the pathway network and enjoyed in its full glory. April 1 is the target date for reopening the pathway (subject to any weather delays).
I want to thank you all for your patience during the reclamation, and I’m looking forward to seeing you out on the trails!
P.S. If you are interested in being kept in the loop about this or any other issue in Ogden, I encourage you to sign up for the Ward 9 email list by clicking here.
P.P.S. Have you given any thought of joining and participating in your community association? They are a solid group of neighbourhood volunteers who our office relies on to give us insight into the concerns and issues of the community. It’s been shown that there is a direct correlation between the number of residents who volunteer with their community association and the quality of life of the neighbourhood. Check them out and let’s continue to build our #GreatNeighbourhoods.