The new Glenbow Ranch Area Structure Plan (GBRASP) is another step closer after Rocky View County adopted the new Terms of Reference last month.
The terms provide direction for the review of a portion of Bearspaw Area Structure Plan, facilitating the development of the new GBRASP. The terms establish the scope, timeline and goals of the GBRASP.
The Terms of Reference include an approximate study area of 7,671 acres of land located south of Highway 1A, north of the Bow River, and between the Town of Cochrane and the City of Calgary. The GBRASP will replace a portion of the Bearspaw ASP, as the land is located within the Bearspaw ASP’s boundaries.
One of the objectives of GBRASP is to provide sensitive integration of natural features and historical areas of the park into the surrounding areas. Development in the area can now protect park values and support park operations as well.
Clearly stated within the proposed Terms of Reference, development will be integrated to enhance the experience of living in proximity to a provincial park, while minimizing the adverse impacts of development and park users.
This is an exciting development for Bearspaw and Rocky View residents, and you can find out more about these recent actions in this article by Rocky View Weekly.
Being a long-time resident of Springbank, I know how important the Springbank Park For All Seasons (SPFAS) is to the community. Springbank residents have a great opportunity with this facility to take advantage of recreation and social gatherings.
Here’s a quick look at the great facility and park:
Where is SPFAS?
It is located at 32224A Springbank Road in Rocky View County.
What is SPFAS?
The SPFAS provides recreation facilities and space for special events and meetings, and has partnered with many partners to provide sports programs and social activities to the community as well.
What’s at SPFAS?
• Indoor arenas
• Curling rink
• Outdoor arena
• Weight room
• Dryland training
• Indoor ball facility
• Baseball diamond
• Soccer field/football field
• Playground and green spaces
It’s a great place and I suggest you check it out if you haven’t already. You can find out more information on their website here. For other great things about Springbank, contact me (or tweet me).
February 4, 2015 is Winter Walk Day in Canada, a nationwide initiative that encourages Canadians to get outside and walk, even for 15 minutes.
If you want to enjoy some beautiful scenery tomorrow, here’s some places to check out:
Bragg Creek Provincial Park
Located 44 km west of Calgary in the hamlet of Bragg Creek. Features of the park include:
- Picnic space
- Hiking trails
- Free parking
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Located between Calgary and Cochrane along the north shore of the Bow River. This park contains over 1,300 hectares of parkland. Features include:
- Natural features, including endangered ecosystems and rare species
- Showcase the rich history of ranching and the historic Glenbow townsite
- Managed through a formal partnership with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
This park has a series of waterfalls, and a historic fish hatchery, not to mention Alberta’s first commercial creamery. This park is located 10 kilometres east of Cochrane. Features of the park include:
- Free Parking
For more information on these parks and many more in the County, check out the Rocky View County website.
Thanks to a grant received from Rocky View County, Glenbow Ranch Park will have the means to complete Bearspaw Trail within the park. The grant is in the amount of $30,000, allocated from the Bearspaw Glendale and Ranch Lands Recreation Boards.
“It’s very exciting for us to receive this grant,” said GRPF Executive Director Susan de Caen. “It adds a great amount to what we’ve already received, which means we are almost two-thirds of the way to actually getting all the funding we need for the Bearspaw connection. It’s fantastic.” [Rocky View Weekly]
The Bearspaw Trail will connect Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park to Haskayne Park within Calgary, which will begin development by the City of Calgary in 2015.
The trail will also be a part of the TransCanada Trail, which will be completed by 2017. De Caen said the foundation hopes to connect the trail system to Cochrane’s as well. [Rocky View Weekly]
A connection between the City of Calgary trail system and Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is currently in the works.
“With the exciting news that the City of Calgary is building their trail system to the provincial park boundary, we’re fundraising to complete the eastern trail that will link the two trail systems. This will provide the long anticipated connection to Calgary. If we can raise the necessary funds, we can start construction in the spring, with the goal to have the trails connected for visitor use in 2016,” said Susan de Caen, Executive Director of the GRPF.
“Calgary Parks is working with the provincial park and the foundation to complete the last remaining link through Haskayne Park, which would complete the connection from the City of Calgary through to the Town of Cochrane,” said Doug Marter, Manager, City of Calgary Parks, Planning and Development. “Once completed, this route will also form part of the Trans Canada Trail network and will allow users access to some of the most spectacular parkland and vistas the Bow River Valley has to offer.”
The cost to complete the trail system is project to cost $350,000, and the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation is fundraising to get the money for completion. The foundation has committed funding from Alberta Trail Net and Trans Canada Trail and is actively fundraising still.
For ride information visit www.grpf.ca/ride or to donate visit www.grpf.ca/donate