A local park to the community of Pineridge is also home to the departed pets of former local residents.
The pet cemetery site was donated to the City of Calgary by the land’s owner back in the mid 1970’s, on the condition that The City of Calgary maintain it as a park, which it does to this day.
When the Pineridge developer originally applied for the subdivision rezoning many citizens who buried their beloved pets there were upset by the prospect of the land being used for residential purposes, especially as it meant the pets’ remains would be removed from the site. After intense negotiation the pet owners unanimously approved a proposal by the developer to parse out the land and leave the pet cemetery intact, reserving the land as a community park.
The original grave markers were removed and were replaced by a single monument in tribute to Ellen Foster, known as the “First Lady of The Calgary Humane Society”, in honour of her tireless lifelong commitment to animal welfare.
This park is still maintained by The City of Calgary and is a hidden gem within the community of Pineridge. Mix history and Halloween with a walk through the park this weekend.
Visit the Ellen Foster Pet Cemetery 2308 56 ST NE
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