It isn’t just about water
Our belief that Riley Park, a jewel in Calgary’s urban green inventory, deserves a beautiful drinking fountain as a funded priority is based on five crucial principles:
- Health: Active users of Riley Park currently must leave if they’re thirsty, or bring bottled water, or sweet or caffeinated drinks.
- Environment: We find disposable cups and bottles discarded in the trash or bushes, and littering the fence line. It’s an unsustainable waste of resources.
- Community building: The message the project sends is the community cares, with a drinking fountain that’s both community-based and accessible to all. This project is entirely community driven and managed.
- Economic well being of Kensington BRZ and local businesses: Attractions attract. The BRZ works hard to make our community a visitors’ destination. An artistic drinking fountain supports that goal.
- Other collective benefits of this project to our community and the city include:
- connect people to place, encourage eyes on the street,
- increase energy for volunteerism,
- make everyone stewards of their park,
- facilitate the enjoyment of nature in a dense urban space, increase awareness of our urban environment,
- knowledge that Riley Park is a designated historic resource,
- improved access to outdoor activities thereby improving quality of life and health,
- reduction in waste and litter as water bottles can be refilled,
- expand community ownership to students who had not ventured down the hill into Riley Park until this project,
- crime reduction with families in the park,
- the energy of community engagement inspiring students to be problem solvers, and
- the thrill of design replacing a concrete block mentality.