An interesting feature of Calgary's planning in the early days was the offsetting of Calgary's street grid from the dominion lands survey by three degrees. As the authors note, the correction of these two grids at certain points in the city makes for interesting spaces. (Sandalack, p.8) One such correction can be observed in 17th Avenue's Tomkins Park. The City of Calgary's website notes, "Tomkins Park was established in 1915 on land donated by Henry & Elinor Tomkins."
|This map of the streets binding Tomkins Park shows 17th Ave S as a correction line for the offset grid system. Google maps.|
|Eau Claire lumber mill, Calgary, Alberta. 1880s. Glenbow Musuem and Archives. Image No: NA-1015-2|