Mayor Naheed Nenshi talked about building communities at the official opening of the Royal Vista Multi-Service Facility and Fire Station on Sept. 28 in northwest, Calgary.
Amanda Hoops, a community member, said she was was really happy about the new building.
“I think it’s a really assuring contribution for us from the City of Calgary, and I think it’s great that they’re doing this.”
The new facility will serve the communities of Royal Oak and Rocky Ridge, and supports service for the surrounding communities as well.
The features of the Fire Station include LED lighting to reduce energy consumption, solar panels, skylights, and an apparatus bay.
“We’re having the least impact on the environment,” said Nenshi.
“We continue to build community.”
The facility also has space for Calgary Police Services, Calgary Community Standards staff, EMS, and includes a community room that can be reserved for meetings and events.
“I am so proud of the community rooms,” said Nenshi.
Chief Steve Dongworth, also gave a speech in which he expressed appreciation to the Royal Oak and Rocky Ridge community for their excitement.
“This is a significant milestone for our department,” said Dongworth.
“We developed this with a future in mind.”
According to Dongworth, Fire Station 34 includes Calgary’s first rain garden.
The opening ceremony wrapped up with lights and sirens parading along the street of Royal Vista Way and into the new apparatus bay.
A lot of community members were at the ceremony as well, including a lot of excited children wearing firefighter uniforms.
The children also got to sit on the fire truck used in the parade with the assistance of a firefighter.
After that, community members were able to tour the new facility and took pictures with the mayor.
Nenshi and Dongworth also rang the bell together for the official announcement of the opening of Fire Station 34.
“We aim to build a stronger neighborhood and a stronger Calgary,” said Dongworth.
The building has also achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
Nenshi said that the green roof and water management system combined in the building design was a great addition.
We continue to build community. – Naheed Nenshi
According to the official press release, the cost of the new facility, land, and fire station was about $17 million.
The City of Calgary’s Community Recreation Levy funded the facility with $10.3 million and The Province of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability initiative funded the facility with $6.6 million.