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Victoria Park plans revealed, includes Saddledome replacement


City council has been shown a 50-year plan for Victoria Park

The Rivers District plan includes tearing down Saddledome

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The City of Calgary has a better idea of what a revamped Victoria Park could look like over the next five decades.

The planning commission heard a detailed report Thursday, which includes plans for a new event centre.

“It will require people to come to the table with open minds and open hearts,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Nenshi says he is focused on a deal that meets stakeholders wishes and provides a significant public benefit.

The Rivers District master plan keeps the Saddledome in place for the first 10 years, and then it would be torn down, in favour of a new event centre.

The former location of the ‘dome would be a parking lot or so-called flex space.

Nenshi doesn’t know how the Calgary Flames would react.

“I think they have come to terms with the need of an arena to be part of a broader district, rather than just plunked down.”

There are no specific details as to how this centre would look or what it is capable of handling.

The plan also aims to transform Victoria Park into a brand new space, including a pedestrian promenade on Stampede Trail and a large event plaza.