(Cochrane, AB) – Recently, Town Administration kicked off the Jim Uffelmann Park Environmental Study with the first of many planned engagements. The intent of the study is to consider the unique complexities associated with the multi-use park, as well as the environmental impacts to help determine future design and park usage.
Located adjacent to the Bow River, the 10-acre Jim Uffelmann Park extends from River Avenue to northeast of the Spray Lake Sawmills Centre. As one of Cochrane’s most popular multi-purpose parks, it serves many different community members and hosts a multitude of activities including pathways for walking and cycling, a designated off-leash dog park, asphalt trails, open park space and multiple river access points. The various park activities and priorities have come with challenges for users and the natural environment over the years.
“Understanding the importance of this park to the community, we are looking forward to providing residents and regular park users the opportunity to voice their opinion, helping provide valuable feedback when determining the future of the park,” said Mitchell Hamm, Director of Community Services, Town of Cochrane. “This project delivers on Council’s Strategic Plan, as it will help foster a vibrant and active community, while continuing to protect, nurture and enjoy Cochrane’s many beautiful natural areas and open spaces.”
Online and in-person community engagement will kick off in coming weeks, providing the opportunity for all community members to share their feedback.
During the six-phase environmental study, the consultant, EDS Group Inc., will conduct various on-site park geotechnical and environmental assessments as well as organize various community engagement opportunities through stakeholder meetings and a wider community survey this spring. Once complete, the consultant will analyze the environmental data, park usage, public opinion and community feedback on the future development of the park and provide a recommendation to Council in the late fall of 2023.
For more information, visit: Cochrane.ca/uffelmannparkstudy or Jim Uffelmann Park Environmental Study (arcgis.com).