The City of Calgary is planning for a new City cemetery. The new cemetery will be situated to the east of Ralph Klein Park in the southeast quadrant of Calgary.
On Thursday, May 1, 2014 The City held a public open house to hear input and feedback from citizens on three different design concepts for the new cemetery. For those who weren’t able to attend the open house, an online survey was available to review the concepts and provide input and feedback. The survey closed on June 1, 2014.
Major themes that emerged from the public engagement include:
- A Made in Alberta solution - Spaces that build off and enhance the prairie landscape, integration and protection of existing natural features (wetland), and maximizing the view to the west.
- A Place for All - Balancing formal and informal spaces, balance spaces for contemplation and appropriate use (walking paths), meeting the needs of Calgary’s diverse cultural communities, and ensuring adequate maintenance and security.
- Celebration of Life - Interest in a celebration building, interest in multi-faith chapel.
For a detailed summary of the input provided, please see the response summary.
For a verbatim listing of the input provided, please see the verbatim responses.
What Happens Next
Submitted feedback has been provided to the design team, who are now working on incorporating some preferred elements from each of the preliminary concepts into a new preferred concept. Citizen feedback, industry best practice, and City policy will all contribute to shaping this final design. A second open house is planned for mid-September to present the preferred concept to citizens. The new cemetery is expected to open in 2016.
About the new cemetery
The new cemetery will be the first new cemetery to be built by The City since 1940, when Queen’s Park Cemetery opened in Calgary’s northwest. Now, it’s time to start planning for the future to establish a new cemetery in southeast Calgary.
The new cemetery is expected to open in 2016, and is envisioned to be a contemporary public space that offers Calgarians a peaceful place to lay their loved ones to rest, pay their respects and connect with nature.
Any questions or comments can be emailed to CalgaryCemeteries@calgary.ca