As the city looks at revamping Olympic Plaza downtown, bricks donated by Calgarians are not part of the plans.
During construction of the plaza in 1987, many Calgarians paid $19.88 per brick on the promise of being included in the legacy of 1988 Winter Olympics. But City of Calgary urban strategy lead Carlie Ferguson tells Global News the bricks are starting to crumble and show their wear and tear. “The likelihood of being able to remove them in their current form and then replace them in a similar fashion is not feasible, just because of their condition.”
It’s a disappointment for Manfred Baum who looked up the brick inscribe in his and his mother’s names. “It’s kind of a sad thing to lose. Unfortunately, in Calgary, we’ve lost a lot of old things over time. This is only 30 years old, so it’s not unusual to have the city let go of things fairly easily.”
The facelift has been under discussion since 2007. Ferguson says earlier this year the city asked the public for input on upgrades and new ideas. “It’s an opportunity to look at how we can improve it and at the same time, capture some of the legacy pieces that are here.”
There’s no timeline yet for the redevelopment.
with files from Global’s Kris Laudien.