George C. King Bridge
When the George C. King Bridge (formerly St. Patrick’s Bridge) opened in October 2014, it became a symbol of the new connection between East Village and downtown Calgary and the community of Bridgeland north of the Bow River. It also symbolized the easy hop, skip and jump that East Villagers will soon have to their backyard playground of St. Patrick’s Island.
Elegant and graceful, the aptly nicknamed “skipping stone” bridge is already racking up the design awards and its spacious bridge deck boasts some of the best views of the city. Head to the graceful arches for food truck festivals, curated art, and more.
More than just a way to get across the Bow River, George C. King Bridge is a pathway to a sustainable city, a civic connector that links well-functioning pedestrian commuting to the Centre City sustainability model.
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Building a graceful bridge over an active river is nowhere near as simple as it looks. It takes a lot of complexities and bright minds to construct such a simple elegant crossing.
A fall day filled with sunshine and smiles was a great way to officially open George C. King Bridge. Chances are very good it was also prophetic, because the future sure looks bright for users of St. Patrick’s Bridge.