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Edworthy Park Heritage Society

The Edworthy Park Heritage Society is concerned about a proposed transit route and bridge through Edworthy Park in the new Plan It Calgary proposals going to city council in June, 2009. These concerns are discussed, and alternatives suggested, in the attached open letter.

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  1. Kyle Long
    June 6, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Hey,
    I think it would be great to see some mountain bike “dirt jumps” built somewhere in the trees through out Bowness. Bowness is a strong bicycling community, the addition of a small little dirt jump park or pump track would be great for the kids, progression of the sport. I know that COP has them but I have spent time on Vancouver Island and there are dirt jump built through out the trees beside the road, in local parks. The kids themselves maintain the jumps, the garbage and keep the place looking respectable. Places line Vancouver, or Pemberton, Fernie all have recently built mountain bike ability parks or pump track and dirt jump locations. I know that JAY HOOTS who is a professional mountain biker has been involved in numerous builds and is stoked on getting the kids into the sport and everyone having a good time. I wish I could of had dirt jumps to play on as a kid but I still ride my bike and still love the sport. I would be more than willing to volunteer my time in the building process and I know of many others that feel the same way.
    I use the “If you build it they will come” philosophy there are enough kids around here and enough locations to use that are perfect and meld perfectly with the bowness and tuscany trail networks. Promote the sport get people out and keep the kids out of trouble. Do not look at the negative side of things of negative things will come of it. If you look at this in a positive way and promote it towards the community only good can follow. A dirt jump area is fairly low maintenance in regards to the jumps themselves and garbage and recycling. This would be a great asset to the community and I would love to hear any comments!
    Thanks!

  2. Derek Podlubny
    June 16, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Hi Kyle,
    That’s a great idea. We’re always looking for new ideas from within the community and we can often get some funding to help make these ideas a reality. Anything having to do with involving youth and helping to escalate the level of enjoyment of our many parks and trails is definitely worth looking into. Would you be willing to talk to the BCA board about your idea? We’d really appreciate having you join a meeting so that we could further discuss an opportunity like this. Please reply to our emaia address at mybowness@gmail.com
    Thanks Kyle!
    Derek Podlubny
    President
    Bowness Community Association

  3. Scott
    January 19, 2010 at 10:47 am

    This is an excellent initiative for Spring ’10 and the kind of idea that brings together a bunch of players. ‘People of value” I think they call em nowadays. All park users.
    Any motion towards making our park spaces more functional, unique, diverse, entertaining, engaging creates better park usage, greater neighbourhood safety and interest etc,etc,
    Ideas like this, (and a disc golf course in Baker Park, and a horseshoe court in Queen E and more) would be first on the agenda of a new proposed arm of the BCA -Sub Commitee for Outdoor Open Spaces

  4. Anne
    September 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    There is already a great place for mountain bikes to go “jumping” – it’s called Canada Olympic Park. There isn’t enough existing park space in Bowness to accommodate any special interest group.

  5. wishful
    September 13, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Agreed, Anne. And the ruts made by dirt biking lead to water collection and run-off, and eventually tree kill. Park trees are upwards of $800 apiece now, aren’t they? And that’s for a sapling.

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