In a report of Canada’s top 100 neighbourhoods by RE/MAX, the Calgary community of Bowness took the number one spot for Alberta.
The community was cited for its mix of multi-family and singlefamily homes costing an average of $449,260. With a population of just over 100,000 people and a vacancy rate of 1.9 per cent Bowness includes elementary and secondary schools as well as shopping amenities and Bowness Park.
The 100-year-old park, known for both its summer and winter activities, is in the midst of redevelopment, which will include a new central pedestrian area, riverbank restoration, a new wading pool, a new parking lot and a new park entrance bridge with a completion date of 2015. The community itself was a town until 1963 when it was amalgamated by Calgary.
“It’s one of Calgary’s oldest parks, it’s 100-years-old now, certainly it’s been one of Calgary’s most heavily used parks for a long time and we’re in the process right now of trying to … redevelop the park and sort of deal with some of the sort of aging infrastructure we have right now,” said Doug Marter, manager, Planning & Development Service, Parks.
Other neighbourhoods in the City on the reports watch list were Martindale with a population of over 12,000, Tuscany with a population of over 17,000 and Rocky Ridge with a population of almost 7,000.