Bow to Bluff

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Room 303
Sat: 10 am-6 pm, Sun: 10 am-4 pm

We will run a “mini-engagement” similar to the installation sounding boards which were used in the Bow to Bluff project to gather input from the public to transform the Bow to Bluff corridor into a great public space. People can look at and discuss other people’s input; we can sort answers and draw connections between stickies to demonstrate one easy and effective way to solicit public input and engage people.

Questions may include, “What is one of your favourite public spaces, and why?” to get people thinking about what makes a great public space. “What is the nearest public space to you? What is one thing that you would do to improve that public space?” to inspire people to think and act locally.


Bow to Bluff is an independent, citizen-led initiative to transform the public corridor along the Sunnyside LRT line between the Bow River and McHugh Bluff into a great public space. Last fall, Bow to Bluff pioneered an innovative model of citizen-based engagement for Calgary that was positive, collaborative, and inclusive of all stakeholders. This large-scale experiment, with support from the Council Innovation Fund, engaged over 2500 participants in about seven weeks, collected 2000+ ideas for transforming the Bow to Bluff corridor, and attracted City and city-wide interest. In July, City Council voted to accept and use the Bow to Bluff Design Framework and the Bow to Bluff Process Guide to inform and inspire other similar citizen initiatives and engagement processes. For more information and a copy of the design and process documents, go to