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From Shawnee Slopes to Shawnee Park

Posted by Jim Sparrow on Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 11:04am.

Shawnee Slopes / Shawnee Park Calgary

When Geo-Energy Enterprises announced their intent to transform the 130-acre Shawnee Slopes Golf Course into a subdivision, the proposal was met with mixed reviews.

The local residents didn't want to lose their recreation space and were concerned about the population growth and increased traffic in their quiet neighbourhood. I see where they're coming from. You'd think you're pretty safe from future development by purchasing a house that backs onto a golf course; then a few years later that sweeping fairway turns into a cul-de-sac. I understand their frustration.

In any event, the deal is going through; and now after purchasing the property from Geo-Energy, Cardel Homes will be the major developers. The project will be considerable - here are some quick facts:

  • Shawnee Park consists of 130 acres adjacent to Fish Creek Park
  • The development will feature 1,700 units of condos, townhomes and estate homes
  • Retail and services will also be developed
  • Residents will have proximity to Fish Creek LRT Station
  • New trails will be available throughout the dedicated greenspace in the former Shawnee Slopes Golf Course
  • It is the builder's intent to retain a high percentage of the existing mature trees and vegetation. To improve chances of having a tree or large shrub on each lot, homes will be set in clusters instead of the standard row type housing.
  • Construction to begin in the spring of 2014

What do you think, is it acceptable to take a golf course and turn it into a high density housing development? If that's ok, what about a park?


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