Rooftop parkade gives way to Calgary’s newest public park

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The transformed top floor of an inner-city parkade opened Monday as Calgary’s newest public park space, complete with picnic tables, vibrant colours and a 200-metre wooden boardwalk.

Dubbed High Park, the 8,400-square-metre space is located on the sixth floor of the Beltline’s City Centre Parkade on 10th Avenue S.W.

Peter Oliver, president of the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association, said the project takes advantage of “secret space” by reimagining infrastructure like parking “as more than just a single-use.”

“It’s a space we see people coming to to have a picnic, to escape from the busy street below, to get some sun from all the shadows downtown,” he said.

“We see it as a space also for community events like live music, for outdoor fitness activities like outdoor yoga or spin class.”

High Park, a new public space in the Beltline, takes advantage of an under-utilized 2 acre parking lot on the top of the Centre City Parkade at 340 10 Ave SW. The new space was photographed on the opening day, Monday, October 5, 2020. Gavin Young/Postmedia
High Park takes advantage of an under-utilized two-acre parking lot atop the Centre City Parkade at 340 10th Ave. S.W. Gavin Young/Postmedia

The idea has been in the works for a number of years, according to Oliver. It finally came to life amid the pandemic as a collaboration between the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association, Calgary Parking Authority, the Beltline Urban Mural Project and Public City Architecture.

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