Now that the revitalization of St. Patrick’s Island has begun, it won’t be long before nature lovers, families and urban explorers alike will revel in the natural beauty of EV’s newly restored backyard.
Now that the revitalization of St. Patrick’s Island has begun, it won’t be long before nature lovers, families and urban explorers alike will revel in the natural beauty of EV’s newly restored backyard. So wax up the toboggan and put some new line on that fly rod. You’re going to want to have all your toys ready for this playground. All year round.
Imagine: soon, just a skipping stone’s throw away from RiverWalk Plaza and an easy walk under the graceful arches of the soon-to-be-completed St. Patrick’s Island bridge, will be 31 rejuvenated acres with something for everyone. An actual island. Right outside your door. Not to brag or anything, but not every backyard has a fishing cove, beach, playground, wooded areas and a rise – a hill to roll down in the summer and toboggan down in the winter, of course. Not to mention some of the most unique views of downtown and Bow River that you’ll find anywhere.
This won't be your grandpa's St. Patrick's Island. More than just a cosmetic facelift, the revitalization will turn back the clocks on the landscape. Seasonal river channels that were lost during a 1960's backfill will be restored in order to return the topography of the island oasis to its natural state and allow biodiversity to flourish once again.
We just can’t wait to invite everybody over to play in our new backyard. Race you to the top of The Rise!
The rejuvenation of the island will commence this spring and to allow for construction and restoration work to take place, the island will be closed to the public until Fall 2014. For more details about the rejuvenation, click here.