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Vibrant communities consider parks, recreation, and culture

Oct 15, 2015

Did you know that McElhanney offers an integrated suite of services that supports vibrant and sustainable communities, complete with parks, recreation, and cultural amenities?

McElhanney’s staff assist clients plan their communities’ future, whether the location is an urban centre, municipality, First Nations community, or national park. Our team comprises experts from a variety of disciplines including recreation and heritage planning, community planning, landscape architecture, urban design, and civil, structural, and environmental engineering.

“Our team supports the philosophy of planning and building vibrant, liveable communities,” said Grant Hallam, Vice President of McElhanney’s Prairies region. “This mindset helps us to look at the ‘big picture’ and to ensure our projects achieve positive, holistic outcomes.”

He explained the goal of liveable communities is to satisfy needs from four perspectives: social, economic, ecological, and cultural. Resulting communities have strong identities and are attractive, lively, and sustainable places to live. Successful designs create access to an ample range of amenities, job opportunities, and social spaces.

“Further, our approach recognizes that parks, recreation, and culture are key components of communities,” said Hallam. Incorporating parks and recreation facilities with community planning strengthens the overall vitality of the area. He explained that strategically locating recreational facilities, public spaces, and cultural attractions encourages their use which increases community health and happiness.

McElhanney’s community planning portfolio includes master plans, community/municipal development plans, area structure and area redevelopment plans, functional transportation studies, recreation planning, land development approvals, subdivision design, and other long-range plans for municipalities and developers. See more projects on our Planning page.

For more information or to team with McElhanney on future community planning projects, please contact us at or 403-262-5042.

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Anniversary Park shoreline expansion and park redevelopment project.
Client: City of Chestermere.

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Shining Bank Campground Design – Yellowhead Campground Improvement Plan.
Client: Yellowhead County

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Our planners are skilled in facilitation and use innovative public engagement techniques.
Public Engagement – High River Master Recreation Plan. Client: Town of High River.

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