Parkways for People
Optimizing the use of the right of way for people rather than for vehicles is becoming increasingly important through many lenses. The COVID-19 pandemic has served as an accelerator for this process, highlighting the need to provide more space for the active modes of transportation. As part of a complete response, the National Capital Commission has provided exclusive access to the Capital’s scenic parkways to create more space for physical and mental well-being.
Bruce Devine is the Senior Manager of Facilities and Programs, Urban Lands and Greenbelt Division with the National Capital Commission (NCC), a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada.
Bruce provides leadership for site use of all Capital urban parks, parkways and multi-use pathways within the nation’s Capital. His team annually issues over 250 event permits, ranging from major to regional events, to picnics and weddings. Bruce also manages the operations of the Rideau Canal Skateway and the Weekend Bikedays programs, both of which contribute to visitors’ experience of the Capital as well as to the residents’ enjoyment.
Bruce brings more than 25 years of experience in major special events management and oversight of municipal sports facility operation and construction. Most recently, he led the development of the Capital Pathway Strategic Plan as well as implementing NCC’s pilot project of providing up to 20 kilometers of closed parkways to active users.
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