Monday, October 4, 2010

City wins the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership

The Alyth Lodge (Ogden Hotel) designated in 2010

The City of Calgary won honourable mention for the Prince of Wales Prize  for Municipal Heritage Leadership by the Heritage Canada Foundation for its ongoing commitment to preservation.

“We’re extremely proud to receive such recognition for our policies and work towards the ongoing preservation of heritage in Calgary,” said Clint Robertson, Heritage Planner with The City. 

In 2008, Council adopted the Calgary Heritage Strategy with three main principles in mind – Identification, Protection and Management of Calgary’s historic resources.  The Strategy calls on The City to serve as a role-model for the creative and adaptive re-use of City-owned historic resources and excellence in maintenance and restoration.

As a result of The City’s commitment to heritage preservation, between 2008 and 2010:
  • 138 sites in Calgary will have been researched, evaluated and added to the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources. 
  • 19 sites have been legally protected as Municipal Historic Resources, and more are expected to be added by the end of this year.

The City is not only focussed on individual sites, but also how heritage preservation influences the overall quality and design of our city.  The new Municipal Development Plan recognizes the integral part that heritage preservation plays in maintaining and creating great communities.  

The City of Calgary was nominated by the Calgary Heritage Initiative, a city-wide heritage group founded in the fall of 2005, dedicated to the preservation, productive use and interpretation of buildings and sites of historic and architectural interest in Calgary.

For more information on The City’s heritage efforts, visit www.Calgary.ca/heritage

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