Crews began work on the first phase of construction of River Park, Sandy Beach and the Britannia Slopes in summer 2014, consisting of trail restoration and improvements, changes to off-leash area boundaries, and fencing installation for the protection and restoration of the park’s natural areas.
However, since beginning work in the park, there have been escalating incidents of park vandalism, destruction of construction equipment and supplies and abusive behaviour to City contractors and employees.
As a result, The City of Calgary’s Animal and Bylaw Services have also been asked to increasingly patrol the area, and Corporate Security has installed cameras in the park to deter further damage, vandalism and to ensure safety of all park users and residents in the community. City staff are working closely with Calgary Police to monitor park damages.
The cameras will be adjusted and configured so that they will not record any nearby housing and/or private property.
City parks are provided for the enjoyment of all Calgarians. We recognize that not every idea or suggestion can be accommodated due to the wide range of needs and desires of all Calgarians. However, we believe we do our best to find a balance between all the feedback we receive from citizens.
Parks is anticipating having all the improvements and recommendations completed by the end of 2016. Construction updates will continue to be posted on Calgary.ca, and any questions or concerns can be directed to Parks by contacting 311.
If you see any destructive or suspicious behaviour, please report it to Calgary Police Services by calling their non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
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