What seemed to be a never ending “work-in-progress” is finally nearing completion: Calgary’s Poppy Plaza is scheduled to open within a month. The park, originally budgeted to cost $11 million, is currently undergoing the finishing touches before opening. Poppy Plaza is part of the larger Landscape of Memory project, and is found at 10th St and Memorial Drive, along the Bow River.
A plethora of delays including weather and labour issues and even a contract dispute that is now being settled in court kept pushing the project back from its original completion date of 2011.
But now, despite the delays, everyone is looking forward to next month’s grand opening of Poppy Plaza, created to honour Canada’s veterans and remind the citizens of one of Canada’s most affluent cities of the sacrifices made by our heroes, who play a large role in the life that we are privileged to lead today.
A Park to Be Proud Of
Poppy Park features 86,000 square feet of dynamic public space, and includes a wooden deck built surrounding a magnificent heritage tree. The centrepiece in the park’s design is a weathering steel wall that doesn’t need to be treated, but rather naturally tarnishes to become dark brown in colour. What are perhaps the most moving elements to this plaza are the narratives on the wall, backlit, playing on the nearby water’s reflections. Those close to the project insist that this park is something to be experienced and enjoyed year-round.
Poppy Plaza is yet another example of the revitalization that the city is committed to along Memorial Drive and other inner-city neighbourhoods. Once complete, the park will certainly provide a tranquil environment to reflect, and be a great family destination to celebrate our Canadian veterans and military members.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®