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Pop-up park gives facelift to vacant Calgary lots

The city’s first “pop-up place” came into being Monday, as volunteers and corporate sponsors turned a vacant lot on 14th Ave. and 1st St. SW into a quality urban space.

It’s a result of community efforts with private landowners and the city to give these underutilized spaces a facelift in a short period of time — and do it legally.

“The idea was to try and take an inactive and potentially really unsafe space and turn it into something would fit with the high quality environment around it,” said David Low, executive director of Victoria Park business revitalization zone.

Low said they wanted to achieve a greater sense of community and integration of the area’s assets, including Haultain Park next door. Even Calgarians who don’t live in the area lent a helping hand.

“It looked interesting and like a good way to help out in the community,” said Tim Lunn, who lives nearby Mount Royal University.

The changing downtown culture and urban feel make multiple inner-city sites ripe for this temporary revitalization, said area alderman John Mar.

“This creates vibrancy, community … it’s a fantastic example of what can happen when all the stars align.”

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