Queen’s Park Mausoleum was officially opened yesterday, completing Calgary’s only public burial vault.
Although prominent in Europe, the United States and eastern Canada, this mausoleum is one-of-a-kind in western Canada.
“Building a mausoleum has its advantages,” says Archie Lang, the City’s manager of Parks Northeast division.
“With space for cemeteries dwindling, a mausoleum is a good way to make efficient use of land space. It also provides a peaceful and comfortable environment for those visiting their loved ones because it is climate controlled, and was built and designed as a natural and serene environment, bringing elements of the outdoors, inside,” says Lang.
The 3rd phase cost $10 million, but that money will be recompensed once the 1,400 new crypts and 400 urn niche’s are purchased - with enough to cover the mausoleum's future upkeep through the Perpetual Care Fund.
Queen’s Park Cemetery currently has a decade’s worth of space according to Lang, with The City continually looking to acquire more land for burial ground purposes.
Originally built in 1997 and with a north wing added in 2000, this final phase features stained glass, Italian marble, an indoor chapel and a two-storey water wall.
Lang says that many cultures and religions prefer this form of burial to an earth burial.
“The most striking feature is a two-storey water wall,” he says, a natural element to add to a peaceful environment. The Mausoleum is situated in a landscaped setting at Queen’s Park Cemetery on 32 Ave. and 4 St. N.W.
Image source: The 3rd phase's double couch crypts beneath a water feature.