Monthly Community Highlight: Quarry Park

This month’s community is the truly unique Quarry Park, located in SE Calgary. Built on the banks of the Bow River, this area was built as a self-sustaining hub with markets, shops & services, a variety of residential housing options, green spaces and corporate office buildings, including Imperial Oil and Remington Development Corporation.

Quarry Park was designed with flood mitigation in mind and remained completely untouched by the 2013 flooding, offering safe, riverside living. The engineers studied polders – low-lying areas near water found in places like the Netherlands – to build an insulated, reinforced riprap berm designed to withstand 100-year floods and include other precautions like a stormwater lift station and overland canals.

With over 10kms of paved paths, abundant greenspace and a 50-acre environmental reserve connected to the community, it is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts. Environmentalists will also appreciate the care given in the design with its use of recycled materials like demolished/crushed asphalt & concrete and green constructed commercial buildings.  Even the stormwater management is state-of-the-art with a system that transports and cleans water before it flows back into the Bow River.

Approximately 2,034 people call this community home with an average age of 41 and over 50% being families with kids at home. Many contribute to the increasing number of “reverse commuters” traveling from downtown to Quarry Park due to the large number of major corporations who settled there.

Quarry Park is truly a one-of-a-kind community with amazing live/work/play opportunities, learn more at the community connection website here Join me on Facebook and Google for more about communities in and around Calgary!