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The communties of West Springs and Cougar Ridge are part of Ward 6 in Calgary's southwest, and the WSCR Community Association oversees the following communities: West Springs, Cougar Ridge, Springside, Wentworth and West Springs Ranch.

 

The history of these communities comes largely from the Paskapoo Slopes in this area, which has significant ecological and historical resources. 

 

A base line archaeological inventory and assessment was carried out in May and June 1997 of Precontact Native Archaeological Sites in the East Paskapoo Slopes and adjacent areas. In total, there are now 49 significant sites identified, including a number of campsites, kill sites, sweat pits and others. Bison were not only driven into corrals along the uppermost slopes below the escarpment; they were also driven and trapped at lower levels along the slopes. [WSCR Community Association]

 

A part of the area, Trinity Hills-East Paskapoo, is undergoing the process of redevelopment with the City. Calgary Planning Commission recommended approval and on July 27, 2015 City Council approved the application, with amendments. 
 
The approved amendments bolster policies to achieve higher design standards and incorporate Blackfoot culture and include constructing a regional pathway connection across the Trans-Canada Highway at Bowfort Road and a pedestrian overpass across the Trans-Canada Highway to Bowness. [City of Calgary]
 
The City, along with Trinity Hills (the developer), have held several public engagement sessions (10 so far). They have also held an additional 100 stakeholder meetings to ensure the redevelopment is meeting the needs of the current residents, public while embracing the history and natural land in the area as well. 

 

While the undeveloped land just east of Canada Olympic Park has been open for the public to enjoy for many years, much of it is privately owned. The property owner has expressed an interest in developing the site and is now trying to get The City’s approval. [City of Calgary]

 

If you're looking for more information on West Springs and Cougar Ridge, feel free to contact me, or check out the current properties listed for sale in this area. More information on Trinity Hills and the development in the area, see their website.

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