Calgary Parklands - Bowmont and Dale Hodges Parks

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March 25th 2022
Published: December 24th 2022
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Twelve enthusiastic walkers made our way through residential streets in Montgomery to Bowmont Park . The beauty of the Bow River valley immediately engaged our senses as we climbed slightly to a constructed view point. Walking around a bend in the river, we could see Canada Olympic Park, drab without its snow. The river, on the other hand, was dressed in snow that covered the banks, islets and ice islands in the meandering shapes at this low point in its flow.

Within Bowmont Park, Dale Hodges Park is a storm-water treatment area. A collaboration of engineers, artists, and ecologists created this award-winning natural facility with no walls nor machinery. Coming upon it at the downstream end, we gazed in wonder at the “polishing marshes”, where bulrushes and grasses thrived in shallow water and precipitated dirt particles from the stormwater drains of northwest Calgary. The pathway continued along and over the stream that guided water through the park. Further upstream we were enchanted by the “Nautilus Pond ”, a large circular water-flushing pond, beloved by mallards, which in this season were preening and courting, oblivious to human onlookers.

After extending our walk along the Greenway (which encircles the city), we shared a laugh with unknown pranksters (now authorized) who affixed spurious historical signs on green park benches, such as, “This bench marks the site of the first confirmed UFO landing in Calgary 1963.”

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Viewing platform, Bowmont ParkViewing platform, Bowmont Park
Viewing platform, Bowmont Park

Good place to tighten laces
Pathway Bridge to Bowness ParkPathway Bridge to Bowness Park
Pathway Bridge to Bowness Park

Walked on other days
Canada Olympic Park  Canada Olympic Park
Canada Olympic Park

Artificial snow contrasts with reality
Edge of Dale Hodges Park Edge of Dale Hodges Park
Edge of Dale Hodges Park

Bow River appearing tame
Canada geese Canada geese
Canada geese

Lookouts making use of an osprey nesting platform
Polishing marsh in Dale Hodges Park Polishing marsh in Dale Hodges Park
Polishing marsh in Dale Hodges Park

Slow flow through bullrushes and grasses
Polishing marsh Polishing marsh
Polishing marsh

Constructed pads to encourage growth of plant life
Walkway across the marsh Walkway across the marsh
Walkway across the marsh

Natural water treatment for storm sewer run-off
Blown bullrushes Blown bullrushes
Blown bullrushes

Seeding the next generation
Popular walking destinationPopular walking destination
Popular walking destination

Dale Hodges Park, Nautilus Pond
Nautilus PondNautilus Pond
Nautilus Pond

Due to the spiral shape, debris gradually settles to bottom.

25th December 2022

What a great idea! I've seen ponds and constructed habitat (ecologically appropriate) used in Arizona and Nevada to provide tertiary treatment of sewage effluent, but never for stormwater runoff. It seems like a win/win/win - the water is treated/filtered, there is new habitat, and residents have interesting walking areas. Good catch on that northern flicker. I also really like the shots of the Bow with fresh snow on the banks.
31st December 2022

Bowmont Park
I am glad you liked our quiet day.

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