The Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society was set up in 1994 by a group of people who wanted to preserve the parkland that surrounds the Glenmore Reservoir, here in the heart of Calgary. This land comprises three parks – The Weaselhead Natural Environment Area, NorthGlenmorePark and SouthGlenmorePark. They were originally protected from development by the City of Calgary to ensure that the water in the reservoir remained clean and uncontaminated, providing its citizens with that most precious commodity – clean water. However, as Calgary has grown pressure too has grown to run a major highway through the parks and across the reservoir – the South-West Ring Road, or South-West Connector. Clearly this would have a huge impact on the area – its land, its water, the wildlife that call it home, and the people who enjoy its tranquility and beauty. Opposition to this has been one of the Society’s constant concerns over the last 20 years.
For protection of natural areas to receive support, people need to be aware of the benefits that such areas provide – both to the infrastructure of a successful City and to the individual. Every year some 4000 schoolchildren and 400 adults participate in outdoor educational programs run by the Society. These focus on meeting curriculum needs such as learning about wetlands or the role of decomposition, but also introduce children to the enjoyment of simply being outside.
Protection of urban parks such as the Weaselhead and GlenmoreParks requires active stewardship. Thousands of people hike, bike, run, and wander through them every day. Litter gets dropped deliberately or accidentally, so every year the Society organizes litter pick-ups to keep the Parks clean and inviting for its users. Seeds of non-native plants blow in or are dropped by birds from the surrounding gardens, and some take root and spread, threatening to displace the native vegetation. To combat this and preserve the wonderful diversity of plants and animals, the Society has an ongoing volunteer weed control program
The goal of the Society is to protect and maintain the rich biodiversity of the Weaselhead/Glenmore area for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone in Calgary, now and into the future.