Crescent Heights is an inner-city neighbourhood that used to offer great shortcuts for traffic and free on-street parking for those who wanted to enjoy a pleasant walk to work downtown. As such, it has become necessary over the years to install a number traffic calming & control measures as well as parking restrictions. To date, these have been successful in helping to ensure the neighbourhood’s continued viability as a safe, vibrant, livable place for people of all ages. They have also helped to ensure that residents and higher-density local users such as Wildrose Church and the Playschool have reasonable access to on-street parking.
With a bit of trip planning, and being mindful that it will not always be possible for everyone to park with a clear line of sight to the front doors, driving and parking at Playschool need not be a frustrating experience for you or the neighbours.
Please approach the Playschool on 13th Avenue eastbound turning right / south onto 1st Street. In so doing, your vehicle will be on the Playschool side of the road making it safer for you and your child (you won’t have to cross the road) and you will be best aligned with the available on-street parking.
Kindly shut-off your vehicle and do not leave it idling – even if you are only stopping for a minute. Idling for even 10 seconds uses more fuel and causes more wear and tear on your engine than stop-start. Additionally, studies have shown air quality both inside and outside of schools declines significantly during drop-off / pick-up times due to vehicle idling.
There is plenty of on-street parking available on the Playschool block on the south side of 13th Avenue beside the church building, west side of 1st Street and the entire length of the block on the north side of 12th Avenue. Carefully observe the posted parking restrictions on the residential sides of the roads and take care not to park in a manner that blocks residential driveways, the church driveway or the back alley. Parking Control regularly enforces parking restrictions in this area: they issue $50 violation tickets and do tow cars blocking driveways or lanes. Parking is not permitted at any time on the Wildrose Church driveway.
When it is your Lucky Duck day, you are very welcome to hang the “Zone M Visitor Parking Pass” on your mirror. This will allow you to park in the areas signed “Permit-Only” and “2 Hour Except with Permit”. The parking pass must be returned at the end of your Lucky Duck day. Calgary Parking Authority will not replace mis-placed passes, so both the Playschool and Wildrose Church will be without it (for up to a whole year!) if you lose it.
Be aware there are a number of permanent road closures in the neighbourhood:
- full closure on 13th Avenue just east of 1st Street NW
- full closure on 14th Avenue just east of 1st Street NW
- full closure diagonally across 15th Avenue at 1st Street NW (no access to / from 16th Avenue)
- half closure at 13th Avenue just east of 4th Street NW (allows eastbound only)
- half closure on 2nd Street NW just south of 16th Avenue (allows northbound only)
- half closure on 2A Street NW just south of 16th Avenue (allows northbound only)
- half closure on 3rd Street NW just south of 16th Avenue (allows northbound only)
Plan your route to avoid making U-turns in the adjacent intersections.
The speed limit on 12th Avenue is 40 km/h.
There is a bicycle rack at the entrance to the Playschool. It is a great place to lock up strollers and student bikes.