Revitalizing Prairie Winds Park
City of Calgary
Revitalizing Prairie Winds Park was, as the name suggests, a major project to redevelop a regional park space in northeast Calgary. Since its inception in 1990, the park has provided a valuable activity space for visitors from Castleridge, the northeast quadrant, and the city at large. In 2014, as a result of lifecycle challenges and visitor growth, the park was identified for renewal and redesign by the City of Calgary. Intelligent Futures, as sub-consultant to Space2place Landscape Architects, led the public engagement component of the design process.
The engagement process offered new opportunities for programmatic and multilingual engagement. Through the second half of 2014, the Intelligent Futures team implemented an engagement plan that invited feedback by a multilingual sounding board display located in the park, an interactive ‘flag day’ that challenged participants to identify their most loved (and least loved) parts of the park, and encouraged additional participation through social media, targeted workshops, and online surveys. Through the three phases of engagement, more than 2,700 citizens took part and provided 3,930 individual ideas.
The Prairie Winds Park redevelopment plan was approved by Calgary City Council in 2015 and is set to begin construction in 2016.
design, engagement, urbanism