Calgary now has 1,000 kilometres of paved pathways

The extensive network runs throughout the city and is inspected on a regular basis.

The system of one of the most extensive in North America

Calgarians stroll along a pathway in Eau Claire on Monday, just one small stretch of what is now a 1,000-kilometre network. (CBC)

Calgary now has 1,000 kilometres of paved multi-use pathways.

"Our pathways are a great place to get some exercise and enjoy nature," said Todd Reichardt, a manager with city parks in a news release.

"We are very fortunate to have one of the most extensive urban pathway networks in North America."

The pathways system was started in 1960 and now grows by about 20 or 30 kilometres each year.

Reichardt said what sets Calgary's system apart from other cities is the interconnectedness of the pathways. 

"We work hand in glove with the development industry, so as they design new communities, we look for natural and very efficient ways to move people," he said at a news conference in Carburn Park on Monday to mark the milestone. 

He also said once a new area is built, they look for desire lines, those trampled grassy paths that people walk.

"These are pieces that we go, you know, that really makes sense," said Reichardt.

All 1,000 kilometres of the pathway system are visually inspected throughout the year and repaired as needed and when possible, according to the city. 

To celebrate reaching 1,000 kilometres, the city will be giving away three guided tours as prizes through the City of Calgary Instagram account


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