On the west edge of Calgary, overlooking the Bearspaw Bow River Reservoir, lies a piece of land that connects to the City of Calgary to the east and the mountain corridor to the west.
We call it Rowan Park.
It’s a place to discover; a place connected with nature; a community in balance.
The inspiration for Rowan Park’s design stems from the land’s most distinct elements: the pristine natural landscape that surrounds it and the spectacular view sheds of the Bow River Valley, Downtown Calgary, and Rocky Mountains, found throughout the land.
These striking elements are accentuated by the community’s retained native open spaces, constructed natural spaces, and manicured parks that touch all neighbourhoods and enhance physical connectivity with both the natural environment and community at large.
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Rowan Park Community Location
Rowan Park takes advantage of its proximity to nature and celebrates its views of the Bow River Valley, Rocky Mountains and the City of Calgary
- Located within the northwest sector of Calgary within the Haskayne Area Structure Plan
- Situated on an existing quarry on an escarpment overlooking the Bearspaw Reservoir
- Links to the Bow River Valley, Haskayne Legacy Park and Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
- Adjacent to Rocky View County and the Community of Blazer Estates and the Damkar Homestead to the north
- The Communities of Tuscany and Lynx Ridge lay to the northeast, with Marquis Development lands to the east
Rowan Park At A Glance
- Rowan Park offers its residents the breathing space that leads to health and well-being.
- ±465 acres (188 hectares) total gross site area with approximately 80 acres (32 hectares) dedicated to environmental reserve
- Home to ±8700 residents occupying ±3,100 units
- Housing diversity comprised of ±1,754 single-family homes and ±1,329 multi-family homes (includes semi-detached)
- Topography of the site is planned to enhance and maximize views for the majority of residents to create personal connections with the natural world
- Site will be developed in phases, over an anticipated period of +/-10 years
- Approximately 85,000 square feet of retail and services amenities for residents to enjoy
- Joint Home Owners Association and Community Association site
- Proposed Public School site for families to grow in Rowan Park
Rowan Park’s Guiding Principles
The vision for Rowan Park is delivered through the following key principles articulated in the Municipal Development Plan and Haskayne Area Structure Plan:
- Enhance connections within and adjacent to the planned neighbourhoods
- Develop an open space network that links neighbourhoods to one another through a diverse parks network
- Develop links to the river through trail networks and community access nodes
- Preserve key viewsheds into and out of the site
- Develop a pattern of walkable neighbourhoods with links to community amenities and natural open space
- Restore, enhance, and protect the ecology of place
10 Reasons to Love This Plan
It was important to Brookfield to take the extra time and consideration in creating a plan as dynamic, beautiful and memorable as the lands upon which Rowan Park will be built.
- Redevelops and integrates brownfield lands into surrounding natural landscape
- Restores and enhances the ecological integrity of the land and promotes environmental awareness and stewardship
- Promotes an active community lifestyle through a four season approach to design, community programming and tailored recreational and wellness facilities and amenities
- Prioritizes majestic river valley, mountain, and City views from trails, walkways, open spaces and neighbourhoods
- Provides a distinct and complete community that prioritizes parks, trails and natural environments
- Supports a vibrant and unique commercial village where social connectedness and convenience enrich the Rowan Park lifestyle
- Provides parks and open space within a 3 minute walk of all residents
- Creates social interaction and sense of community through a joint Homeowners and Community Association site
- Provides a key ‘missing link’ in the pathway and trail network connecting the City of Calgary with Haskayne Legacy Park, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, and beyond
- Efficiently utilizes existing infrastructure to minimize the need for future major infrastructure improvements
The Rowan Park lands were annexed into the City of Calgary as part of the 2007 annexation. Prior to 2007 and since the 1920s, the site operated as a gravel pit and aggregate storage and concrete mixing facility.
After extensive planning, engagement and collaboration with landowners, City of Calgary departments and external stakeholders, the Haskayne Area Structure Plan (ASP) was approved by City Council in July 2015.
The Haskayne ASP is a statutory plan that establishes policies and provides the framework for the subsequent division and development of the area including Rowan Park.
Outline Plan and Land Use Redesignation Application
The Outline Plan and Land Use Redesignation application for Rowan Park serves as the framework for subdivision and the development of the lands. The Outline Plan identifies the development blocks and the road network, delineates Environmental Reserve and Municipal Reserve, and specifies the joint homeowners association and community association site and public realm.
As the lands develop over time, the land use and intensity framework established in the Municipal Development Plan provides the mechanism for achieving a vibrant community.
Public consultation for Rowan Park has been ongoing since 2014 with the creation of the Haskayne Area Structure Plan (ASP). Stakeholders have been involved every step of the way. Consultation to date includes:
- Four Public Open Houses & One Stakeholder Community Event
- 220 individual comments & feedback
- Stakeholder site tours, interviews, working sessions and social events