City ponders park for Peter
Published Monday, September 17, 2012 4:39PM MDT
The City of Calgary may soon have a permanent public memorial to honour former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed who passed away last week at the age of 84.
The city is looking at naming or renaming an as yet unidentified public space to honour Lougheed and the contributions he made to Calgary and the province.
The Peter Lougheed Centre which opened in northeast Calgary in 1987 is named in his honour but it is a provincial facility.
There is also a provincial park in the Rocky Mountains named for Lougheed but the city wants to designate its own memorial.
Councillor John Mar says the city has never officially recognized Lougheed's contributions and it is about time that changed.
“So one of the things that we're doing is we're looking at different opportunities that we may have as a municipality to rename a park or find another similar location that we can honour Premier Lougheed and his family,” said Mar.
Mar has been in consultation with a member of the family but says they need time to grieve before a decision is made.