Rob and Lara Lukacs bought a home in Currie because of what the community and its surroundings offered the couple and their children.
This green space, which measures more than 17,000 square feet, is part of the community’s larger Alexandria Park, which links to pedestrian and cycle paths.
Currie is an upscale south Calgary community master-planned by Canada Lands Co. It marks the third and final phase of the redevelopment of the former Canadian Forces Base Calgary.
“It’s amazing, the combination of it all,” says Rob of Currie and its mix of amenities. He and his family moved to the community earlier this year after buying a home by Crystal Creek Homes.
“You’ve got the dog park, all the green spaces, the splash park — it’s good for the kids and good for the pets,” he adds.
The Bark Park boasts two dog tunnels, two sets of weaving posts, two sets of triple hoop jumps, a bridge apparatus and a dog-sized fire hydrant.
“Not obstacles for him,” Lara jokes of seven-year-old Winston. “But he will run around like crazy.”
The dog park has two entrances that are both double-gated to ensure canines don’t accidentally leave.
The decision to add a dog park to Currie was a response to public feedback, says Kelvin Whalen, CLC’s director of real estate.
“When we did our engagement about the park design, one of the things we heard very clearly was that people wanted a gathering space — a space where they can meet their neighbours and friends out in the great outdoors,” says Whalen. “But we also heard a lot of people have dogs here and that dogs were very important to the people living in Currie. That was one of the highest priority items.
“Dogs are very important to the Calgary culture and the Currie culture and it just seemed like a natural fit for the site.”
Coun. Evan Woolley brought Tugboat, his three-year-old poodle/Bernese mountain dog mix to the opening of the park.
“This is changing the game,” says Woolley of urban dog parks. He singles out the convenience they offer residents within the community and communities nearby and their ability to help neighbours connect.
“Canada Lands had built amazing communities and a huge part of their success is around these built-in amenities,” Woolley adds.
The Bark Park also contains public art. A contemporary dog bone sculpture that reaches about six feet tall and 15 feet wide serves an entry feature for the green space.
“We wanted something that was iconic, playful and whimsical, something people will remember and find themselves attached to,” says Whalen. “It’s an icon for Currie that we think people will enjoy for years to come and we are very pleased with it.”
At the celebration, 350 items — including dog beds, leashes, blankets, dry food, toys, treats — along with cash, were donated to Parachutes for Pets. It’s described on the organization’s Facebook page as a “charity in Calgary to assist low-income individuals access affordable and necessary vet care.”
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