Devonian Gardens update:
Reopening of Devonian Gardens delayed until next summer
By Jason Markusoff, Calgary Herald October 12, 2011 3:12 AM
Devonian Gardens, that downtown oasis of green in a white and steel-grey world, will remain closed for its fourth straight winter thanks to renovation delays.
The city' parks department had considered opening just one lush portion for office-workers' refuge before the gardens are fully ready in summer 2012, but it is taking an all-or-nothing approach for one of its premier properties.
"It's paramount for parks to open up a high-quality park. We don't want to open up a partially completed park,"
said Kyle Ripley, the parks planning manager.
"I don't think it's what Calgarians are expecting. They're expecting a high-quality, finished product when it opens."
The dozens of trailers full of trees, plants and ground coverings coming up from Florida must be lifted into the Core shopping centre via crane - palm trees don't fit in mall freight elevators - and delays meant that couldn't be done until the likely too-cold November, Ripley said.
Those delays came thanks to construction crews' surprise discovery of coolant fluid in the old pipes lingering beneath the gardens' former skating rink, which was decommissioned more than two decades ago.