Bowness Park is a unique, urban oasis gifted to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Note: Photo documentation in this post occurred prior to major upgrade plans for Bowness Park and prior to the devastating destruction caused by the June 2013 flood event which submerged and severely damaged Bowness Park.
Several of the photos in this post can be considered as archival and new features under construction at Bowness Park are transforming and very exciting for future visitors to this outstanding city feature.
Bowness Park is a serene sanctuary within Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Today's objective is to enjoy long-awaited sunshine and perform a mechanical check of the mountain bike.
The first discovery is new access beneath the Bowmont Bridge which eliminates the need to cross the busy road near the 85th street Bowness Bridge over the Bow River.
This popular and beautiful park embraces the south side of the Bow River. Bridges at either end connect Bowness Park on the south side of the Bow River with Baker Park on the north shore of the Bow River.
There are a variety of picnic areas in Bowness Park which vary from tiny and secluded to large and elaborate. Covered areas provide protection from weather.
The central area of the park contains a wide variety of recreational alternatives.
These include mini-golf, a narrow gauge train ride for little people, a couple of amusement rides for tiny tots, canoe and paddle boat rentals for excursions on canals within the park and even a cafe in case your barbecue specialist accidentally cremates the meal.
The central feature of the park is Bowness Pond, used for beach paddling with the ducks and geese in summer and ice skating in winter.
On this day Calgary Parks and Recreation are busy preparing the pond and canals to be filled with water from the Bow River.
Bowness Park is a busy place year round, particularly in summer, and the new and improved peaceful park will be a great place for families to continue to enjoy a day together.
The trails, many paved, link to the extensive trail system in Calgary.
The mountain bike is working like a charm. Gear changes through the entire range are swift and quiet. The tires are in great shape. Brakes are solid and sure.
On the other hand, the carcass draped over the edges of the bike needs significant work after a long, challenging winter.
As well as a series of local hikes there are plans forming up to hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, in early August, and Yosemite National Park in Northern California at the beginning of September.
Plans are shaping up for a great summer season.