August 20, 2014 4:42 pm

Calgarians hungry for more restaurant options in city parks

CALGARY- Calgarians’ appetites for restaurant options in city parks remain unsatisfied, partly due to setbacks caused by the June 2013 flood.

Poppy Plaza in Kensington has won international design awards, but users say it could use food services.

“It would be nice to enjoy a coffee here and enjoy the scenery,” says Debbie Kapusianyk. “I never stop and sit here, just walk through it.”

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It’s a similar situation in the Devonian Gardens downtown following a $37 million renovation to the indoor tropical paradise. Despite it reopening in 2012, a restaurant still has not been built.

“The old one used to see a lot of events like that in there, it’s a great spot,” remembers Matt Young, who was enjoying the park on Wednesday. “I think they should open it up to events like that.”

The city is looking for the right partner to open an eatery in Bowness Park, which was destroyed during last year’s flood. Many of the improvements completed during a $12 million renovation in the area were knocked out, and officials are hoping to reopen it sometime this winter.

For now, progress has been halted on opening restaurants in both Poppy Plaza and Devonian Gardens.

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