Four-legged furry friends and their owners will soon have access to a new fenced-in, off-leash dog park in west Lethbridge.
The RiverStone Dog Park will open in the next few weeks, located at the corner of University Drive West and RiverGlen Link West (the southernmost entrance to the RiverStone subdivision).
About two of the 2.77 acres of the park will have chain-link fencing so owners can let their dogs run without worry.
It will be the first fenced off-leash area in Lethbridge, and the fourth off-leash dog park in the city. The others are located at Peenaquim Park, Popson Park or west of Scenic Drive and 11 Avenue South.
“We don’t have anything like this in Lethbridge currently,” said Michael Kelly, the City’s Manager of Real Estate and Land Development. “We have a few off-leash areas around the city but this is the first, we’ll call this a micro dog park or mini one, and there’s plans for a larger one up on the north side in the future.”
The area was designated for greenspace, but developers wanted to dress it up a bit and fulfill something the community was asking for.
Shine On acts added
Two more attractions have been added to the concert lineup for the university’s Shine On Summer Festival, Sept. 2.
Trevor Panczak and Double Jack will join the list of performers released earlier this summer. They include Washboard Union, Virginia to Vegas, Mother Mother, Corb Lund and Dallas Smith. Gates at the Community Stadium will open at 12:30 p.m., officials say. The concert will end with fireworks, synchronized to music, at 11 p.m. Tickets, priced at $75, are available online or in person at the city’s Ticket Centre.
LPS updating naming policy
The Lethbridge Police Service will update its policy on naming homicide victims and evaluate each incident on a case-by-case basis.
The changes will be made to coincide with the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police Framework on Naming Homicide Victims.
The framework was devised by the AACP during a two-day meeting earlier this week, with the help of legal experts and the privacy commissioner. It comes in response to a call for police forces to have consistency across the province when it comes to deciding whether or not to publicly name a homicide victim.
“The media brought it to our attention that there was some inconsistency across the province and how police services were releasing names,” said LPS Chief Rob Davis, who added the framework can now be used by all the forces as a guideline.
“At the end of the day it really hinges on our obligation to follow the law, specifically privacy legislation.”
Under Section 40(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), public bodies are allowed to disclose personal information where it would not be an unreasonable invasion of a third party’s personal privacy.
However, Section 17(4) of FOIP makes it clear that disclosing a homicide victim’s name is presumed to be an invasion of his or her personal privacy.
Campfire ignited grass fire
Lethbridge fire investigators have determined a makeshift campfire built in the coulees at Alexander Wilderness Park was the source of a 10-acre grass fire on the city’s northside the afternoon of Aug. 1.
Fire and Emergency Services were called to the area around 2:30 p.m. Seventeen firefighters from four stations responded. They contained the blaze to the river valley area and spent almost three hours putting out the flames.
Investigators say the fire had not been properly extinguished. No one was injured and no property was lost.
A city-wide fire ban was issued July 27 which includes campfires and backyard fire pits, but not propane appliances.
The fire had the potential to be much worse had it been a very windy day, said Fire Prevention Officer Jeff Marriott.
“We have the fire ban in the river bottom even in proper fire pits, so to do a homemade fire on top of a coulee is extremely dangerous, especially as it was a bit windy yesterday,” said Marriott. “It could have been a lot worse. The last big fires in 2011 and 2012 we had huge winds. Luckily it didn’t (get worse) and our crews were fast to respond and did an excellent job of putting it out.”