Calgary River Users Alliance (CRUA) is please to see Calgary Parks Department moving forward on the Calgary River Access Strategy.
The motion passed by City Council in June gave direction to City Administration to develop a strategy for the existing river access points and develop new ones where needed. Administration was also asked to develop a plan to resolve the closure of Graves Bridge boat ramp to the public. CRUA, with 15 river user group membership has been part of the stakeholder consultation process to develop the River Access Strategy.
River Access Strategy Website
Calgary Parks Department is asking for the general public engagement into the strategy. A Website has been launched this week to solicit input and update the community as the strategy develops. It is important that members of the river use community express their support for the strategy and if you wish to be a part of the stakeholder group please register on the website.
Graves Bridge Boat Ramp Access
CRUA has been assured that no immediate action will be taken to move away from continued public access. It is hoped that abuse of the gravel bar is behind us. Public education is an important part of a plan of action to reduce any further damage.
- The two concrete blocks will be removed next week.
- Signage to be developed, recognizing trailer boat access to the nearest river edge and restriction access upstream.
- Options for more protection of the gravel bar are being developed.
Calgary Parks Department has made a commitment to improve the amenities at river access points. Recent improvements can be seen at Grave Bridge. A park bench, garbage cans and a toilet were installed in July.
We can expect to see improvements at other sites in the near future.