JUST HOW CLOSE WILL THE RING ROAD COME TO THE WEASELHEAD?
Very close – in fact it will cut across the SW corner of the Park (where the Regional Pathway crosses the beaver ponds). The City of Calgary has agreed to sell the Province the part of the Weaselhead shaded red above….
For a complete description of the route, the current agreement and the long history of this project see http://calgaryringroad.wordpress.com/tag/weaselhead/
TSUU T’INA APPROVAL OF SW RING ROAD DEAL: OUR RESPONSE
The Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society’s mandate is first and foremost to protect and preserve the integrity and ecology of the Weaselhead so that future generations of Calgarians can enjoy one of Canada’s most diverse and pristine urban natural areas.
In regards to this massive freeway project, our main concerns are protecting wildlife corridors, biodiversity, wetlands, and the impact on the alluvial aquifer that ultimately provides the source of nearly half of Calgary’s fresh drinking water.
Great cities have great parks, and there is no doubt that the planned proposal will have a hugely negative impact on this important and treasured parkland. The City of Calgary agreed to sign the Durban Commitment*, an international agreement on biodiversity with the aim of protecting and enhancing Calgary’s ecosystems, important nesting habitats and wildlife corridors. This freeway proposal almost makes a mockery of that agreement.
We are looking forward to being included in the planning process to ensure proper mitigation is in place regarding water quality issues, noise management, wildlife corridors and sensitive habitat protection.
Concerned about the impact of this road on the Park? Add your support to our efforts to protect the Weaselhead and join our Society. Lifetime membership is only $25 and you can now pay online…. …
THE WEASELHEAD PARTIAL CLOSURE: UPDATE
After the discovery of an UXO (unexploded ordinance) the City took the decision to close the lower parts of the Weaselhead (excepting the Regional Pathway which has remained open). The DND has now approved educational material* showing what an UXO looks like and what to do if you find one. This information will be available in the form of a pamphlet that can be picked up in the Park, and displayed on signs. The City now has this material printed and hope to have the signs up and the Park open again by Dec. 6th. 2013.
(Teachers: the City hope to have the Park accessible and open to the public the first week of Dec. If the boardwalk (damaged by the floods) is not repaired before your visit we can use alternative trails that avoid it. If you have a field-trip booked and have any concerns, please contact email@example.com. Not familiar with our education programs? Check them out on our education page!
Note: North and South Glenmore Park were not affected by the floods nor the UXO closure.)
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO PROTECT ?
Interested in learning more about the fauna and flora you find in the Park? Search our extensive species database for information on identification, life history, locations etc. and photos. (Many species are missing photos – if you can fill in the gaps with one of yours we would be very grateful! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
INVASIVE PLANT PROGRAM
THANK YOU to all the volunteers who took part in the Invasive Plant Program… in spite of the disruption caused by the floods and subsequent closure of parts of the Park you still managed to donate over 600 hours of your time to controlling invasive weeds!
For more about the Society, it’s history and purpose… read here.