The first phase of Calgary’s Riverwalk Project was unveiled on Nov. 6, giving Calgarians a new place to stroll, bike and enjoy the river.

Running alongside the Bow and across the river from Memorial Drive, this new urban path restores the riverbank and links to the east village to the core.

“We wanted to re-engage Calgarians with the Bow area,” said Chris Ollenberger of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

“This new system of pathways will give the riverbank a new look, and it will be a nice addition to the area.”

According to Ollenberger, this is the first of six phases. When all six phases are finished, the pathway system will stretch from Chinatown to Stampede Park.

Ald. Druh Farrell said this project will improve the interface for people living in the area.

“We wanted to give the people living there a chance to see and touch the river,” said Farrell.

“We recognize the wonderful amenity that the river is in this city, and the development of these paths sets a tone for future projects.”

The second phase of this project will open in late spring of next year.