Devonian Gardens (Calgary)

Devonian Gardens is a large indoor park and botanical garden located in the downtown core of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 2012 a major $37-million renovation was completed.[1]

Devonian Gardens
Waterfall in Devonian Gardens
Location in Calgary
TypeUrban park
Location333 7th Avenue SW
4th Floor
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 1B5
Coordinates51.04614°N 114.07161°W / 51.04614; -114.07161
Area2.5 acres (10,000 m2)
Created1977 (1977)
Operated byCity of Calgary
WebsiteDevonian Gardens

Located on the Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall (8 Avenue SW) between 2 Street SW and 3 Street SW, the park is completely enclosed with glass and covers 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) (one full city block) on the top floor of The Core Shopping Centre (formerly TD Square). It is maintained by The City of Calgary Parks.

The gardens include a living wall, koi ponds, fountains, a children's play area, and over 550 trees, as well as meeting/function space for special events. A full service restaurant is also planned.[2]

History

Opened in 1977, Devonian Gardens was designed by J.H. Cook Architects and Engineers and donated to the City of Calgary by the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations and Calford Properties. The construction cost was 9 million dollars.

The original gardens contained more than 20,000 plants[3] representing 135 tropical and local species, decorated with waterfalls, bridges, koi ponds and sculptures by local artists, showcased as a permanent art exhibition.

A major redevelopment of The Core Shopping Centre (formerly TD Square) beneath the park began in 2008, requiring the gardens to close for renovations for 4 years. The changes include a wider, taller circulation space in the mall below and installation of a 3-block long, continuous skylight above. The gardens reopened on June 27, 2012 and features additional seating for the CORE food court, a playground and space for corporate events.[4]

In 2016 it had to be closed again to repair persistent leaks.[5]

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