The new community of Rockland Park, by Brookfield Residential, will border the Bow River.
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An old gravel quarry on a beautiful piece of land overlooking the Bearspaw Reservoir is about to become a new community appropriately named Rockland Park.The 188-hectare site is barely within the city limits at the end of Bearspaw Dam Road and is being developed by Brookfield Residential. Situated on an escarpment 30 metres above the Bow River, the future neighbourhood is across the river from Valley Ridge and directly south of the Rocky View County communities of Watermark and Lynx Ridge.“It’s literally on the edge of the city on a bend in the river where it comes down from Cochrane and veers east towards the city,” says Brookfield senior development manager Geoff Bobiy.He says that Brookfield will build on the area where the gravel was mined and leave the natural areas that surrounded it intact, not only preserving the native species of aspen, spruce and grasses but bringing more of them into the community.“A good chunk of that natural area is taken up by the escarpment that surrounds the site to the south and to the west. The natural surroundings were one of the main drivers for the community design which will celebrate the natural surroundings and this fantastic location overlooking the reservoir. We’re pulling that native landscape into the community and building something that looks like it grew in place as opposed to a development that was just plunked down in that spot,” Bobiy says.Morrison Homes, Cedarglen Homes and Brookfield’s builder division are in the midst of planning show homes set to open in 2020. All home types will be represented in Rockland Park, from apartment-style and townhouse condominiums to duplexes and single-family product in all price points. It will be comprised of about two-thirds single-family and one-third multi-family options, Bobiy notes.He says at final build-out, there will be 3,100 units in Rockland Park with a projected population of 8,800. The community will have a Homeowners’ Association with an amenity centre, outdoor amenities and recreational/social programming.Rockland is the first master-planned community to be constructed in what Bobiy calls the “true northwest” in a decade.“Location wise, we think this is arguably the best remaining development site in the city, period. If you look east, there are views of downtown and Winsport Canada Olympic Park. If you look west, it’s the Bow River Valley and the mountains. Eventually, there will be trail connections running from downtown to Haskayne Park and beyond that, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. It’s truly unique,” Bobiy says.Bearspaw Dam Road is presently the only road into the area, but eventually Nose Hill Drive N.W. will be punched out past Tuscany and another access road will come through Rocky View County to the north.Brookfield will post regular updates at experiencerockland.com.