Devonian Gardens
Devonian Gardens is a large indoor park and botanical garden located in the downtown core of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The park is currently closed for a major $23.5-million renovation (as of August 30, 2008) and is expected to re-open in Spring/Summer 2011. Located on the Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall (8 Avenue SW) between 2 Avenue SW and 3 Avenue SW, the park is completely enclosed with glass and covers 2.5 acres (10,000 m 2) (one full city block) on the top floor of The Core Shopping Centre (formerly TD Square). It is maintained by The City of Calgary Parks.

History
Opening in 1977, Devonian Gardens was designed by J.H. Cook Architects and Engineers and donated to the City of Calgary by the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations and Calford Properties. The construction cost was 9 million dollars. The original gardens contained more than 20,000 plants representing 135 tropical and local species, decorated with waterfalls, bridges, koi ponds and sculptures by local artists, showcased as a permanent art exhibition. A major redevelopment of The Core Shopping Centre (formerly TD Square) beneath the park began in 2008, and required the gardens to close for renovations. The changes include a wider, taller circulation space in the mall below and installation of a 3-block long, continuous skylight above. The park is undergoing a complete overhaul to coincide with these renovations, the gardens are expected to be open in Spring/Summer 2011.

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