Fish Creek Provincial Park

Flood Recovery Project Map

Flood Recovery Updates

Bankside

Status: In Planning

Estimated Completion: Summer 2016

Project Details:

  • The Bankside day use area on the west bank of the Bow River was heavily hit in the 2013 flood, and all picnic facilities there were damaged.
  • Major debris has been removed from the site, and the pathway from the parking lot to the river bank has been partially repaved.
  • Plans are underway to replace and expand picnic sites higher on the bank, closer to washroom facilities and enhanced with new landscaping.

Caution: None

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Bebo Grove

Status: In Planning

Estimated Completion: Spring 2016

Project Details:

  • Approximately 500m of paved pathway west of the Bebo Grove day use area was eroded in June 2013 at a site that has been frequently damaged by past floods.
  • Planning is underway for a potential reroute at this location that will mitigate against future flooding, and the creek bank will be strengthened with willow plantings and other bioengineering methods.

Caution: The bank here is severely undercut at this location, and members of the public are asked to stay outside security fencing until restoration work is complete.

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Bridge 9

Status: In Planning

Estimated Completion: Spring 2016

Project Details:

  • This bridge that connects to the pathway entrance at Acadia Drive and Canyon Meadows Drive has washed away several times before, during floods and in normal high water.
  • Following the 2013 flood, Bridge 9, which was still mostly intact, was removed from the creek bed and placed near the site. At this location, Fish Creek is prone to meandering and re-channeling, a consideration for positioning a replacement bridge.
  • Work has begun on re-aligning the pathway to the south of Bridge 9, with plans to replace the bridge during the Spring 2016 window for in-stream work. Increased beaver dam activity following the June 2013 flood has over-saturated the soil north of the Bridge 9 site, and remediation work has delayed this project into early 2016.

Caution: None

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Bridge 14

Status: Complete

Project Details:

  • The restored Bridge 14, connecting Fish Creek Provincial Park and McKenzie Meadows over the Bow River, was completed in early September 2014.
  • The project included armoring on the east bank of the river, and repair and re-alignment of pathways on the east and west banks. Built to withstand high water, most of the bridge structure was undamaged by the 2013 flood, but abutments on both banks had to be rebuilt.
  • Restoration of Bridge 14 reconnects Fish Creek Provincial Park with the City of Calgary’s regional pathway system.

Caution: None

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Hull’s Wood

Status: In Progress

Estimated Completion: September 2015

Project Details:

  • The channel of Fish Creek shifted at Hull’s Wood during the 2013 flood, and it now enters the Bow River at a new site, resulting in some erosion of paved and gravel river and creek pathways.
  • Armoring of the Bow River west bank north of the boat launch at Hull’s Wood was done following the 2005 flood, with additional armoring planned for the bank adjacent to the launch.
  • The boat launch will be open throughout the 2015 fishing and boating season. Plans are underway to build additional picnic sites in Hull’s Wood to replace facilities lost further north at Mallard Point.

Caution: None

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Mallard Point

Status: Complete

Project Details:

  • Almost all the picnic structures and paved pathways in the Mallard Point day use area were damaged or destroyed in the 2013 flood.
  • In the fall of 2014, paving and regrading was completed to reconnect the Fish Creek Provincial Park pathway system with the City of Calgary’s Sue Higgins Bridge at the north boundary of the park.
  • Picnic facilities will be relocated to other sites in the park, including Bankside day use area and Hull’s Wood, to mitigate against future flood damage in Mallard Point.

Update - April 2015:

  • The 2013 flood opened up a new side-channel on the Bow River at the north end of Poplar Island, adjacent to the former Mallard Point day use area.
  • Alberta Parks has partnered with Trout Unlimited Canada on the Mallard Point Habitat Enhancement Project, to improve potential spawning habitat for brown trout and mountain whitefish.
  • Work on stabilizing the banks on this side-channel, and improving riparian habitat, is expected to last through the spring of 2015.

Caution: None

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Updated: Sep 29, 2015