Now that spring has sprung, Calgarians are once more returning to the city's many natural wonders, including the pedestrian and cycling paths along the Bow River. Thanks to a photo update by Forum contributor Surrealplaces, we can appreciate the progress now underway in the Eau Claire neighbourhood, near the site of Concord Pacific's The Concord, which is itself nearing completion. 

Naturalized embankment alongside newly paved pathway, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

Part of a citywide effort to improve public engagement with Calgary's vast river and path system, the changes underway, alongside the addition of recent high-density developments, have already begun to transform the city. 

Bow River in context with recent public realm improvements, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

While there is still much to be done, the addition of oversized pavers, and the warren of smooth, curvilinear concrete benches, has given the area a much more welcoming look. One can easily imagine clusters of people finding a spot to sit and relax in the sunshine. 

Pavers and benches awaiting completion, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

Positioned between the crop of new developments now lining the Bow and the riverbank, the new seating, pavers, and flowerbeds have brought the area to life, as seen below in its urban context. 

Public realm improvements in their urban context, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

Set for completion over the next few months, the improvements to the Eau Claire district along the Bow will surely bring a great deal of attention over the summer, as more and people rediscover one of Calgary's best natural sites. 

SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. In the meantime, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below. 

Related Companies:  Arthur Erickson, Concord Pacific, Nick Milkovich Architects