Dale Hodges Park is a unique experience in Bow River Park overlooking east Bowness in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Best public parking is arguably adjacent to Maranatha Church accessed by one-way 52nd Street NW off Home Road. Plan the route to avoid a frustrating start and be cautious for bicycle traffic in this area.
From parking, a short walk on paved trail leads directly to the circular overlook with outstanding views up and down the Bow River. Historic Hextall Bridge is below to the left backed by Calgary Olympic Park in the distance. Bow River water levels are running high as Spring runoff continues.
The obvious paved trail provides gentle slope descent to a small pedestrian bridge crossing over a stream outlet. Forest to the right with tall sandstone cliffs behind provide the backdrop for a fascinating and unique experience in engineered water, plant variety and visitor management. The park is located on the former site of the Klippert Concrete gravel pit.
Any access from the paved river path will lead to well-documented passage throughout this unique and educational attraction created to manage the health of storm water entering the Bow River. As well as being purposely functional, this brilliantly conceived, small park is an amazing and worthwhile experience.
Jen and I enter the 40 hectare park near the Polishing Pond in the north-west section of the park with intent to view the large, circular and uniquely functional Nautilus Pond.
Several entrance points lead to the circuitous route through a variety of natural and person-made features. Interpretive plaques provide explanatory information for unique park features, purpose and function.
Only a few of many photographs can be included here. The experience deserves the time to wander, learn and absorb the plethora of images and explanations. This is a very functional, unique and fascinating place.
The project has paired natural function within dramatic landscaping. Interpretive information is both interesting and educational within a water-cleansing, natural environment.
Dramatic sandstone cliffs provide impressive natural background and containment. From wooden walkways over water, specific wetland details can be examined up close. The detail is therapeutically captivating. Some of the ramps lead into water rendered deeper by Spring run-off.
Dale Hodges Park is definitely worth a visit when there is time to relax and absorb the natural ambiance.
This worthwhile foray into Dale Hodges Park was enjoyed with good friend Jen along the Bow River in NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Wednesday, July 3, 2019