City cancels plans to ex­pand ceme­tery into N.W. dog park

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - ZACH LAING zlaing@post­media.com

The City of Cal­gary’s plan to ex­pand the Queen’s Park Ceme­tery into a nearby off-leash dog park has been shelved.

In an email Fri­day, the city says the parks depart­ment will can­cel its re­zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

The move comes months af­ter pub­lic en­gage­ment ses­sions were held in April and May.

Opened in 1940, the Queen’s Park Ceme­tery is ap­proach­ing ca­pac­ity and is also the only city­op­er­ated ceme­tery. It is the only burial op­tion for Cal­gar­i­ans in the north­ern quad­rants.

Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu said the re­moval of the ap­pli­ca­tion is a vic-

Many, many peo­ple from all over the city go to the park.

tory for res­i­dents in the com­mu­nity who fre­quent the off-leash area.

“Many, many peo­ple from all over the city go to the park,” he said, adding he was briefed on the mat­ter a few days ago.

“This is a big win for the com­mu­nity and I think what hap­pened is the com­mu­nity got to­gether and voiced their con­cern.”

Cam­brian Heights Com­mu­nity Association pres­i­dent Daryl Con­nelly said it’s very good news.

“Lots of peo­ple took part in the op­po­si­tion to the Queen’s Park Ceme­tery ex­pan­sion plans and the main­te­nance of the park for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It’s a park that has been around since the com­mu­nity was formed in 1956. It has been des­ig­nated a dog park, which in to­day’s world means that the us­age is large. It’s a per­fect area for a dog park in the sense that it’s open fields and no trees.”

Con­nelly gives credit to the depart­ment for re­mov­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion, adding that he feels they re­ally took the com­mu­nity’s feed­back to heart. The city is de­vel­op­ing a new ceme­tery east of Ralph Klein Park near the in­ter­sec­tion of 100th Street and 138th Av­enue S.E. It is sched­uled to open in late 2019.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.