Update on Kingsland school demolition - Sept 29, 2023
Work will begin at the end of September 2023 with completion targeted for spring 2024.
The first two to three months will be mainly focused on hazardous material abatement inside the school, with the majority of external demolition work scheduled to follow. Building and playground demolition is targeted to be complete by early 2024.
In 2024, as weather permits, the land will be returned to green space and will be graded, top soiled and hydro seeded.
For details about the demolition and frequently asked questions, visit calgary.ca/KingslandSchoolSite.
Kourtney's Statement re. Kingsland School - Mar 7, 2023
After the Kingsland Elementary School was accepted into The City’s facility portfolio in 2021, its condition was assessed for potential future use. However, after comprehensive investigations, it was confirmed that the building had extensive roof damage, a deteriorating building envelope, presence of mold and was no longer safe to inhabit nor feasible to repair. As a result, the decision was made to demolish the school in summer, 2023 along with the playgrounds which are near the end of their lifecycle in terms of structural stability.
The Kingsland Elementary School Site is an important central green space to the community and as the discussions and decisions regarding the state of the building and playgrounds came forward, I expressed to both City Administration and the Kingsland Community Association that I was supportive and would advocate for the site to remain as green/park space.
The site poses an opportunity as a community-building project for Kingsland to envision an enhanced green space hub for the neighbourhood, planned in conjunction with the City of Calgary. I remain committed to supporting the Kingsland Community Association in their lead of this project and encourage all residents to get involved with the process as it moves forward.
The City has a dedicated web page with further information about the decommissioning of the school at calgary.ca/KingslandSchoolSite
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