May 11

The Olympic Plaza Cultural District: Help make a great space even better

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From now until May 31, 2016, Calgarians have a chance to help re-imagine a new future for the Olympic Plaza Cultural District (OPCD).  This area includes the Olympic and Municipal Plazas, adjacent public spaces and the connection through City Hall to Third Street S.E. These are all priority spaces that were identified as being in need of repair and enhancement in The City of Calgary’s Civic District Public Realm Strategy.

The City is asking Calgarians three simple questions:

  • What do you like about the Olympic Plaza Cultural District?
  • Is there anything that you would like to change about the Olympic Plaza Cultural District?
  • What activities and features would encourage you to visit more often?

During earlier public input, Calgarians shared that they want an area that is clean, safe and provides access to a wide range of events and features.  Responses in this engagement process will help shape amenities and programs for a revitalized OPCD, feeding into a programming guide that will help shape future phases of the project.

“Calgarians see this area as the city’s living room,” says Carlie Ferguson, Urban Strategy Lead at The City of Calgary.  “This process will give all Calgarians a say in how we re-imagine a world-class space that is valued by citizens and visitors alike.”

In addition to an online survey at, Calgarians can provide feedback through social media (by using the hashtag myOPCD) and by texting feedback to 393939 with the keyword myOPCD (standard messaging rates will apply).

Temporary displays have also been set up throughout the Olympic Plaza Cultural District, and at nearby businesses and attractions, where people can learn more and share ideas.  The project team is attending many community events across the city in coming weeks, including the Eau Claire Square water feature on May 14, The Children’s Festival on May 28 and the Downtown Farmer’s Market May 24.

“One of our key goals in this engagement is to ensure that all Calgarians have a voice in shaping the future of the Olympic Plaza Cultural District,” Carlie adds. “The variety and frequency of the engagement opportunities is helping make sure everyone has a chance to have their say.”

The engagement team is hosting a Scavenger Hunt in Olympic Plaza over the lunch hour on Tues., May 17.  The free event includes prizes and a fun chance to explore the area and learn more about the Olympic Plaza Cultural District.

Visit to learn more.

This has been a guest post on behalf of the City of Calgary.

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