The City of Calgary’s plan to expand the Queen’s Park Cemetery into a nearby off-leash dog park has been shut down, the city said in an email obtained by Postmedia Friday.
The email said their Parks Department would be cancelling their application to have a parcel of land rezoned to be used as cemetery space.
The cancellation 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 city-operated cemetery. On top of that, it’s the only burial option for Calgarians in the northern quadrants.
Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu said the removal of the application is a win 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 for those in his community.
“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 in large. It’s a perfect area for a dog park in the sense that it’s open fields and no trees.
“It’s a nice intersection as you enter the community and there lots of off-street parking for people who use it from other communities.”
Connelly wanted to thank the department for removing the application, adding that he feels they really took the community’s feedback to heart.
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Source:: Calgary Herald