Calgary

St. Patrick's Island reopens after $45M makeover

St. Patrick’s Island reopened Friday after an extensive makeover that took two years to complete.

Refurbished park has plaza, amphitheatre, play areas and restored river channels

St. Patrick's Island reopened Friday after an extensive makeover that took two years to complete.

The refurbished 12.5 hectare urban park across from the East Village features hiking and biking trails, a plaza and amphitheatre, play areas, an elevated grassy knoll and restored river channels.

The island "is now more accessible to our city's residents and visitors than ever before," said the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), which was responsible for the project.

The entire project cost about $45 million, including $25 million for a new bridge linking the East Village on the south bank of the river to St. Patrick's Island and the Bridgeland-Riverside neighbourhood on the north bank. 

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