Wednesday, August 8, 2012

City receives national award for preservation of historic park

The City’s Parks team has received a National Achievement Award for its recent restoration of Calgary’s oldest park, Central Memorial Park.

The century-old space was redeveloped in 2009 and 2010 in order to restore the park’s historical features and ensure it'll continue to be part of Calgary for centuries to come.

Project Manager, Michelle Reid understands how important this special place is for Calgarians. “Central Memorial Park is treasured by Calgarians as a tribute to the sacrifices made by men and women during times of conflict. Today the park is enjoyed for its beauty and peaceful setting.”

The restoration was done so well that the Heritage Canada Foundation
presented a National Achievement Award to Anne Charlton, Director of Parks, and Mayor Naheed Nenshi to recognize The City for its efforts.

The award honours individuals or groups for their achievement in heritage advocacy and volunteerism, and for projects that demonstrate a commitment to heritage conservation.  

The foundation noted that the project was sensitive to the important historical elements, like the original geometric carpet bed design and the prominence of the war memorials and monuments. The City was also praised for working with the community to develop a plan for the restoration that preserved the history of the park while still meeting the modern needs of Calgarians.

Central Memorial Park first opened in 1912 after William Pearce convinced the federal government to donate land for the Victorian-style garden. There are several stunning features of the park, including the Carnegie Library building, the Boer War Memorial, as well as the Cenotaph and Memorial Benches where annual Remembrance Day ceremonies are held.

For more information on the park’s rehabilitation, please visit

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