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Calgary selling parkland to province for ring road

About 14 acres of Clearwater Park to be used in construction

Metro File

Alberta Transportation is preparing to purchase a section of Clearwater Park from the City of Calgary for construction of the southwest Ring Road.

The park is city-owned land located just minutes outside the city limits, not far from the community of Signal Hill.

According to Aileen Machell, press secretary to Transportation Minister Brian Mason, the province will be purchasing about 14 acres of land, or 8.75 per cent of the 160 acre park.

The parkland was donated to the city in 1979 by the Devonian Group.

Machell said the city is proposing to construct a wetland within Clearwater Park which will be used for educational purposes.

A spokesperson for the city said they can’t comment while the matter is under negotiation.

According to the city’s website, Clearwater Park is 160 acres of virtually untouched, pristine land on the banks of the Elbow River.

The city maintains a tipi park, which groups can book for camping. In general, the park is closed to the public outside of the group camping facility.

The city has a concept plan for constructing Clearwater Legacy Park, which would be constructed under the ENMAX Parks Program. Early concept plans from 2011 show that park taking up the southwest corner of the 160 acres.

Early designs include parking, a wetland, a picnic area and open play spaces.