The City of Calgary installs security cameras in Calgary park due to vandalism
Calgary, AB - The City of Calgary has installed security cameras in River Park, Britannia Slopes and Sandy Beach park areas as a preventative measure against continued vandalism and damage to construction taking place.
Over the past few months, construction has been taking place in River Park, Sandy Beach and along Britannia Slopes to implement recommendations and improvements outlined in the Council-approved Combined Park Management and Design Development Plan. The recommendations and improvements are also based on what The City heard through extensive public engagement.
“This park is for all Calgarians; our work is to do exactly what they told us to do: save the park for the future and provide safe access for all citizens,” said Doug Marter, manager of Planning and Development for Parks. “We’re hoping that people will realize there are a number of interests (around maintaining the park) and that rational thought will come to bear.”
Since beginning construction, The City has experienced, and continues to experience, significant damage and vandalism to City and contractor property. Currently, damages from vandalism are estimated to be approximately $40,000. The new security camera units have been installed to help prevent further damage and vandalism and will only capture video of the park areas.
The City encourages residents, park users and all citizens to report any suspicious activity to Calgary Police Services by calling their non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
Crews began work on the first phase of construction in the summer 2014. The first phase of work consists of trail restoration and improvements, changes to off-leash area boundaries, and the installation of fencing for the protection and restoration of the park’s natural areas.
The City anticipates all improvements and recommendations to be completed by the end of 2016. More information about the recommendations and improvements in these parks can be found at www.calgary.ca/riverpark.