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After 65 years, water is flowing across st. patrick’s island again

Just three skips of a stone from East Village, one of Calgary’s oldest parks is about to re-emerge as an amenity-rich, family-friendly park space for all Calgarians to enjoy. A grand re-opening of St. Patrick’s Island is scheduled for summer 2015 and will surely be one of the year’s highlights for Calgarians. And with the completion of the new St. Patrick’s Bridge in October 2014, this 31-acre master-planned recreational area – which includes hiking and biking trails, a plaza and amphitheater, play areas, an elevated rise and restored river channels – is now more accessible to our city’s residents and visitors than ever before. Watch more.


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Civitas’ St. Patrick’s Island wins CSLA Award

St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary has just won the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Merit Award for landscape management.  Congratulations to our collaborators W Architecture and IBI Group.  Above Image: Currently under construction, the proposed amphitheater and sun deck have been located on previously disturbed areas and provide sweeping views of the restored wetland channel. Read more here..


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Baseball Legacy kept at San Diego’s Lane Field

Baseball veterans, including a participant from the final game played, were on hand to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the recent grand opening of San Diego’s Lane Field Park, designed by Civitas.  The park was placed on the former site of Lane Field baseball stadium, home to the then-Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres from 1936-1957 – history that played an integral role in the design. At the same time, this new park is visually tied to the Port of San Diego’s massive North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, which includes the Civitas-designed grand esplanade that opened in November 2014 just across Harbor Drive.  Image courtesy of Charlie Neuman.  Check out more coverage