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About East Village, Calgary

The Downtown East Village is a mixed-use neighbourhood within the eastern portions of downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is contained within the city's Rivers District. Though officially a distinct neighbourhood, Calgary's Chinatown is often associated with the northern portions of the Downtown East Village. Containing some of the earliest-settled land in the Calgary area - Fort Calgary - the East Village was for years a mixture of high-rise residential, commercial, and industrial development (much of the parkland currently surrounding Fort Calgary was industrial as recently as the 1960s). Construction of the city's light rail transit line, coupled with the closure of 8th Avenue at Macleod Trail in the early 1980s by construction of the massive Calgary Municipal Building, resulted in East Village being "cut off" figuratively speaking from the rest of downtown. As a result, it became home to many rundown properties and vacant lots over the years, and a crime problem. Plans to reshape this neighbourhood were approved by the city council in March, 2005 (East Village Area Redevelopment Plan ). In Spring 2007, Calgary City Council approved the formation of a wholly owned corporation known as the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation with the mandate to revitalize and redevelop the Rivers District, which includes the East Village. Construction began within the Rivers District by the new corporation in 2007 with the undertaking of a rare downtown Calgary stormwater treatment pond on the NW corner of Fort Calgary. Many of the dilapidated buildings were torn down and a Riverwalk along the south bank of the Bow River (integrated with the Bow River pathway) and west bank of the Elbow River was completed in the early 2010s. As of spring 2013, construction is under way on two luxury condominium towers, and additional commercial and residential development is planned. East Village will also become home to the National Music Centre. In 2009, an architectural competition was held, consisting of international award winning architecture firms including SPF, Allied Works Architecture/BKDI, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Jean Nouvel Workshop, and Saucier + Perrotte. On September 23, 2009, Allied Works was announced as the successful architectural firm to design the National Music Centre at the King Eddy site, in the East Village. In 2010, private fundraising was underway, and federal, provincial and municipal governments had granted a combined $75 million towards the initiative. Groundbreaking occurred on February 22, 2013 and the structure will incorporate the historic King Edward Hotel, known as the "King Eddy" and a longtime blues and jazz performance venue. A new central branch of the Calgary Public Library is also planned for the area. A design competition was held in 2009, by the Calgary MLC for a new pedestrian bridge. The bridge will link St. Patrick’s Island with East Village to the south and the Bow River pathway system to the north. It will provide improved linkages to many different nearby communities including East Village, Inglewood and Bridgeland, and when combined with the improved pedestrian and cyclist connectivity of the 4th Street Underpass, will play an important role in improving sustainable transportation and recreational linkages throughout the east end of downtown and the Beltline. The design competition received 35 entries, and construction is expected to begin in 2013, coinciding with redevelopment of St. Patrick's Island.


Overview of East Village

On your visit to Calgary, consider visiting East Village. If you have enough time to explore the interiors of the city, you will pass by East Village.

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Private Arrival Transfer: Calgary International Airport to Canmore or Kananaskis Country
View Deal Private Arrival Transfer: Calgary International Ai... New on TripHobo Duration: 90 minutes From USD 205.97/person

Enjoy the convenience and a worry free arrival to Canmore, Alberta or Kananakis Country, which is in the heart of one of the largest parks in Canada, Banff National Park. Your professional and friendly chauffeurs will take care of you every step of the way until you reach your final destination safely.

Private Arrival Transfer: Calgary International Airport to Lake Louise
View Deal Private Arrival Transfer: Calgary International Ai... New on TripHobo Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes From USD 320.96/person

Enjoy the convenience and a worry free arrival to Calgary, one of Canada's most beautiful and culturally unique cities, as you make your way to Lake Louise, nestled against the foothills and Rocky Mountains of Alberta. Your professional and friendly chauffeurs will take care of you every step of the way until you reach your final destination safely.

Canadian Badlands Day Trip from Calgary
View Deal Canadian Badlands Day Trip from Calgary 17 Reviews | Duration: 8 hours From USD 112.76/person

Discover hoodoo rock formations and dinosaur fossils in the Canadian Badlands of Alberta. On this day trip by coach from Calgary, travel through the lunar landscapes of Drumheller, known as the Dinosaur Capital of the World, and visit Horseshoe Canyon. Walk a pedestrian suspension bridge built for coal miners, and learn about the region’s unusual geology from a guide. At the world-class Royal Tyrrell Museum, chat with scientists about how fossils are collected and assembled, and even stumble upon a few dino bones on a guided trail.

Summer Bobsled Adventure in Calgary
View Deal Summer Bobsled Adventure in Calgary 11 Reviews | Duration: 30 minutes From USD 61.99/person

Who needs ice when you've got wheels? Experience the thrill of the summer bobsled at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Accompanied by a professional pilot, soar down the legendary Olympic track, twisting and turning around 10 turns and traveling at speeds up to 50 mph (80 kph). This will be 60 seconds you talk about for the rest of your life!

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