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Jensen Park to be redeveloped

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 04:03 pm

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Jensen Park will be redeveloped as a regional park highlighting Airdrie’s past.

City council unanimously voted in favour of the project, Feb 21.

“I have a passion for this park and I think many citizens in Airdrie do as well,” said Archie Lang, manager of parks and public works.

“Jensen Park was donated to the City of Airdrie by the Jensen family and I think when they donated it, they had a grand notion of what it should be and so do we at Parks.”

He said the park and area will be protected to honour Airdrie’s past.

The preliminary concepts will be showcased to residents in two open houses.

“The concepts will emphasize the importance of developing the park into a historically interpretive and educationally-themed outdoor space that will incorporate new pathways, a 1930s-styled gazebo, low ambient lighting, ornate furniture, new play equipment and 1930s-style perennial and shrub planting.”

The gazebo will be the focal point of the park with interpretive signage to bring focus to the historical milestones in Airdrie’s history.

“After bringing the community together for two open houses, staff will create a plan that will incorporate the public’s ideas and vision into a final design for the redevelopment of the park,” said Lang.

“We hope to get many long-term residents at the open houses who can fill us in on the more colourful parts of Airdrie’s history for the plaques.”

Plaques could include information on the community’s sports club, connection with the railroad, farming and other historically relevant topics.

The plan will also include the removal of the spray park.

The work is expected to cost about $300,000 and Lang said the park will be completed by the fall of 2012.

Dates for the open houses have not been set.


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