Crescent Heights is a popular spot for jogging, graduation photos, and lunch. Crescent Heights residents also say it comes with noise, trash, speeding and crime.
“You have loud music late into the night,” Stephen Marando said on Saturday. “People set off fireworks and when I went up to them and said it’s a residential area, what are you doing? They said: It is? We have drug deals going and we have people who drink.”
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District 7 district. Terry Wong said some residents are now raising concerns, wondering if two recent murders near 16 Avenue NW could be linked to criminals using the popular hangout.
“The community is obviously concerned about the shootings and whether there was a connection to people who were hanging out on Crescent Road doing nefarious things,” Wong said.
On Saturday, the city hosted an engagement meeting on a new master plan for Crescent Road.
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Options include changing to one-way traffic, narrowing the road, removing some parking lots, and inserting gates that would be used to block the road.
“One of the questions we’re asking is preferences regarding the duration of a temporary closure,” said Katherine Glowacz, transportation planner with the City of Calgary. “All three options suggest the use of gates. So the road could be closed, maybe for events, food trucks or just when it’s a great summer weekend to have more space to walk and drive.”
An adaptive lane has been added and a section of the road has been closed for the past two summers.
Marando supports a road closure but says rumble strips, better lighting and more enforcement would also help.
“We want people to come here. We want people to enjoy the area, whether it’s pedestrians, cyclists or people who play sports. What we don’t want is chaos,” Marando said.
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“With the closure, the people who abuse the area will eventually stop coming into the area.”
count. Wong said it’s about balancing residents’ needs while maintaining access for all Calgarians.
“The question is what level of exposure do we provide that does not compromise the tranquility and safety of residents there. So the question is how can we still configure it as an accessible space, but as a safe space,” the area council said.
A report on the master plan is due to go to council in the summer.
The project will not make a blanket recommendation to close the road or keep it open. Corresponding the city’s website“The design options studied have the potential to incorporate gates for shorter closures along the stretch of road immediately adjacent to Crescent Heights Park.”
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