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Featured Richmond/Knob Hill Walking Tour: Habitation Markers

If you're looking for a new way to explore Richmond/Knob Hill, try walking to all of the bird house art installations (i.e., habitation markers) in the community. The approximate locations and optional route directions are plotted on a Google Map so you can load the directions on your phone and go! For more community walking/biking tour ideas, the community association has created a walking/bike tour page.

If you're looking for more information about the history of the habitation markers, Brian Brandon noted the following in an October 2019 Newsletter article:

"Our community hosts four unique installations collectively know as the Habitation Markers. They are tucked into four of the small pocket parks throughout Richmond-Knob Hill, at the following locations:

  • 20 Street and 22 Avenue SW;

  • 2433 26 Avenue SW (by the Community rink);

  • 22 Street and 30 Avenue SW; and

  • 25A Street and 30 Avenue SW.

More than 20 years ago, the idea of hiring an artist in residence caught the imagination of the Richmond/Knob Hill Community Association (RKHCA). In 1996, a partnership committee between RKHCA and Calgary Parks & Recreation was established and proposal invitations were issued. An information session was hosted for all interested artists. This was an opportunity for them to learn about Richmond Knob Hill and chat with community residents. Artists were given four project objectives:

  • Identify the community;

  • Enhance community life;