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2020 EPLA Tour (Calgary & Edmonton)

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This event is open to AALA Members and Non-Members.

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MANDATORY PPE (ALL DATES): Face Mask (we will have some if you need one) and hand sanitizer will be provided

Come out and meet the other Emerging Professional In Calgary / Edmonton.

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AALA will be running a monthly EPLA Group starting in June. Each month (June to September will include a site tour and then a social to follow.

PDU (1): 

  • Tour (2 hours) = 1 PDU - Class 3
  • Due to COVID this year we will not be going to a pub afterward. 

August 25 - Calgary - Dale Hodges ParkKatelyn Dunning - O2 Planning + Design

Meeting location: 5608 40 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T3B 3P7, Canada,+Calgary,+AB+T3B+3P7/@51.5167629,-114.8339089,6z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x53716ededee6cc57:0x8b659e0b8d831e0d!2m2!1d-114.170947!2d51.091487

Project Bio: 

The riparian, floodplain and upland ecosystems of the Bow River Valley are among the most important natural features in Calgary. The City of Calgary’s acquisition of the former Klippert gravel pit, located along the northern bank of the Bow River and now within East Bowmont Park (renamed Dale Hodges Park), presented an outstanding opportunity restore native riparian habitats and bring people back to the river through recreation and park amenities. An additional primary focus was the treatment of stormwater prior to entering into the river.

 A team comprised of O2, Source 2 Source Inc., Sans Facon for Watershed+, and AECOM worked collaboratively to transform the site. Structured around a series of designed aquatic and upland habitats, the flow of water within the park begins in the upstream residential communities where runoff travels through pipes before daylighting in the park. The aquatic journey within the park expresses the integration of water engineering, public art, landscape architecture and ecological design.


August 26 - Edmonton - Royal Alberta Museum EntranceJill Robertson - Dialog Design

Meeting location: (Royal Alberta Museum Main Entrance),-113.491105,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x53a022502b98dd2b:0xf3aca321b0f07acb!8m2!3d53.5471733!4d-113.4889163

Project Bio: 

The Royal Alberta Museum will be a focal point in the Edmonton Arts District and a destination for all Albertans. By capturing and expressing Alberta’s history, landscapes, and promising potential, the Museum’s new signature building will engage the public and change our perception of the Museum. The design concept begins from a deep understanding of the Royal Alberta Museum, the Province, and the site. It embraces the new vision for Downtown Edmonton and the Capital City Downtown Plan – creating a museum that is sustainable, contributes to a vibrant downtown, is well designed and fully accessible. It will be a place to explore and connect – to Alberta, to ideas, to people.


September 29 - Calgary - Century Gardens

Alison Legault - McCulloch Associates Ltd.

Meeting location: Outside Tim Hortons,-114.0811913,20.08z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x53716fe6a7b8b157:0x8f7db9d73ed4aafa!2s835+7+Ave+SW,+Calgary,+AB+T2P+1A2!3b1!8m2!3d51.0464902!4d-114.0813992!3m4!1s0x53716fe6b278427f:0x500b1ba4e73ebe54!8m2!3d51.045918!4d-114.0810388

Project Bio: The Century Gardens Park Project is a redevelopment project with The City of Calgary Parks. Century Gardens is a recognized Municipal Historic Resource and was originally developed in 1975 to celebrate the centenary of Calgary’s founding. The Consultant-Client team collaborated with internal and external stakeholder groups to develop a conceptual design solution that invites people to use the park year-round for unstructured and small programmed events. The design preserves and restores the character-defining southwest and north fountain elements. The redeveloped park includes two new Pavilion buildings that bookend the existing and historical fountain structure. These Pavilions open up to the park that is anchored by a central water feature complete with water jets, seating, perennial plantings, trees, and public art.

PPE  REQUIRED: Steel toe boots, hard hat, reflective vest, protective glasses

September 30 - Edmonton - Elk Island Living Waters BoardwalkDoriena Hasset and Paul Seal - McElhanney

Meeting location: Parking lot,-114.0689978/53.673484,-112.8277946/@53.6736291,-112.8274034,331m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!4m4!1m1!4e1!1m0!3e0Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 4B6

Project Bio: The boardwalk design promotes a healthy relationship between visitors and natural ecological features of the site through programmatic features tailored to both visitor experience and ecological awareness. Those visiting Living Waters Boardwalk can immerse themselves in nature through the use of the new boardwalk. The upgraded features ensure both safe pedestrian and wildlife circulation through the site. Non-slip surface nodes situated along the boardwalk can accommodate varying numbers of visitors, while providing gathering spaces for guests to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.



June 24 - EDMONTON - ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11Dawn Brockington - Stantec 

Meeting location: Parking Lot,-113.4990174/53.5241112,-113.4994869/@53.5241893,-113.5004095,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0

Project Bio: Queen Elizabeth Phase 2 was based on the direction given by the Queen Elizabeth Master Plan (2013) which included three phases for development. Phase 2 includes an upgraded, pedestrian orientated parking lot, a plaza with a shade shelter, a commemorative wall for Edmonton’s first outdoor pool, and one of Canada’s first Indigenous Art Parks, created with a national competition. The site also has significant historical resources, found during construction. Work began in the spring of 2017 and was completed in September of 2018. The maintenance period has been two years, due to the native planting in the art park.


June 25 - Calgary - 17th Avenue SW Pocket Square

Mike Light - City of Calgary

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Meeting location: Outside Philosafy Coffee,+Calgary,+AB+T2S+0B4/@54.4983646,-115.0001885,3z/data=!4m6!4m5!1m0!1m2!1m1!1s0x5371701ee4ac1e15:0xc232d3fbc65231f7!3e0?hl=en-ca

Project Bio: The Pocket Square for 17th Avenue is our biggest project ever. Our dream is for it to be a collaborative, citizen-driven public space on one of Calgary’s best streets. Years of volunteer effort have gone into this renovation to revamp an underutilized space that was filled with sharp rocks, gravel, and garbage. We called the new space the Pocket Square because it’s small (pocket), public (square), and creates a fresh splash of colour (pocket square) on one of Calgary’s favourite suits (17th Avenue SW).


July 28 - Calgary - Harvie Passage & Inglewood Bird SanctuaryZoe Wimmer - O2 Planning + Design

Side note: Make sure that you have transportation from Harvie Passage to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. We will be spending about 45 minutes touring Harvie Passage, then have 15 minutes to be at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

Meeting Location: Bow Passage Overlook

Project Bio:

Harvie Passage is a culturally, ecologically and recreationally important reach of the Bow River in Calgary. Harvie Passage Weir was constructed in 1904 to divert water into the Western Irrigation District Canal, and is a critical piece of infrastructure to the agriculture industry east of Calgary. This weir created a high level of risk to water users and blocked fish passage. This led the province to complete a project in 2012 that increased public safety through adding a side channel to circumvent the weir and constructing smaller steps to effectively reduce the drowning hazard and allow fish passage with the added benefit of creating a whitewater amenity for paddlers. One year later the project was destroyed in the 2013 flood, closing Harvie Passage to the public as a result.

 Under the Disaster Recovery Program, Alberta Transportation rebuilt Harvie Passage with Klohn Crippen Berger (lead, river engineering), O2 Planning + Design, (landscape architecture), SG1 (river and safety engineering), Recreation Engineering and Planning (whitewater design) and Terra Erosion Control (bioengineering). The new project gave the province an opportunity to improve on the 2012 design. Project goals were adapted to include an improved integration of public space into the river channel features.  

 O2’s scope of work involved creating an activated pedestrian waterfront to accommodate all park users from strollers to paddlers; improving habitat through riparian restoration and bioengineering; integrating the channel with Pearce Estate Park; and signage and wayfinding. 

The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a well-loved and ecologically significant natural area within the inner city of Calgary. Although in decline for some time, the need for restoration within the sanctuary was identified after the 2013 floods. Working closely with the City of Calgary, O2 developed a restoration plan for the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary following the rigorous City of Calgary’s Habitat Restoration Project Framework. The purpose of the restoration plan was to develop a documented, rigorous restoration approach for the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary that ties project performance to specific, measurable performance metrics to compare the restored habitat to a reference habitat. The aim of this project was to improve the ecological quality of the degraded habitats in the sanctuary by minimizing or removing environmental stressors and assisting in the regeneration of the balsam poplar forest and shrubland communities. It was important to maintain the rich mosaic of habitats that are naturally present at the site; with a focus on restoring the riparian forest. The project has been in constructed in three phases over the last few years and is currently in its penultimate year of maintenance with FAC scheduled for next fall.


July 29 - Edmonton - Aga Khan GardenCameron Franchuk - Dialog Design

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Side notes: AALA will be paying for the entrance fee for everyone who signs up. If you sign up and do not show up, you will be expected to reimburse AALA as we are only allowed to have 15 people due to COVID.

Meeting location: University of Alberta Botanic Gardens Entrance,-113.7627133,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x539ff37559a0fc25:0x92a5293c7c4a1549!8m2!3d53.4080055!4d-113.7605246

Project Bio:

When you visit the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, a 240-acre (97 hectare) property located a few minutes SW of Edmonton, you can expect a relaxing, peaceful environment. At this "garden in a forest", you'll get an introduction to plants that survive and thrive in a northern climate, you'll see how cultures define gardens, and you'll be connected to the natural world in a beautiful way.



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