I probably should have been out on the golf course practicing my short game, but instead my fiance and I decided to go for a roller blade down to Prince's Island Park and check out the new 'Peace Bridge' which opened to the public yesterday.
Personally, I don't have a lot of bridge building experience, but in my opinion the $25 million dollar price tag seemed a little excessive. Regardless, it's been in the works for over 2 years and I have to admit it does look pretty cool now that it's all finished. I'd encourage anyone to take a trip downtown and check it out, even if you don't like the bridge, you can't beat a nice stroll along the river or a relaxing picnic in Prince's Island Park.
Nestled between the banks of the Bow, just west of Prince's Island Park, the Peace Bridge is being built to accommodate the increasing number of people commuting to and from work and those who simply want to enjoy Calgary's pathways.
This unique structure will connect the Eau Claire area and Hillhurst-Sunnyside, carrying thousands of Calgarians each day. Calgary's downtown is home to over 30,000 residents along with 120,000 employees. This area continues to grow as 40,000 new residents and over 60,000 additional employees are expected in the downtown area by 2035.
With more people choosing to live and work in the core and surrounding areas, there will be more people travelling by foot, bicycle, or in-line skates in and out of the city centre.
For more details on the Peace Bridge project you can visit the City of Calgary website.