Grave’s Bridge boat ramp has received a number of updates this month. A new park bench has been installed together with the addition of a toilet and a a garbage bin between the parking lot and the ramp.
A new unlocked gate has been installed at the top of the ramp. The gate will not be locked until a satisfactory access protocol is negotiated with river users. The concrete blocks are still on the ramp, but we expect them to be removed shortly.
Will the gate be locked to restrict non-authorizes vehicle access to the upstream gravel bar? Not in the short term.
Provide non-authorizes vehicle use of the gravel bar does not create a problem for the City, trailered boat access to the river will continue.
Calgary River Users Alliance has been petitioning Calgary City Councillors and Administration to keep the ramp open to responsible river users. And as a part of the Calgary River Access Strategy passed last month by City Council, to gain more public public access to boat ramps in the City of Calgary.
When using the boat ramp to launch a boat, be respectful of the site and do not travel upstream of the bridge pylons.