EDMONTON — The City of Edmonton has named a new park in South Terwillegar after a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty last June.
Const. Daniel Woodall Park is being developed at 7304 South Terwillegar Drive. Once complete, it will contain a soccer field, baseball diamond and a playground.
Const. Woodall’s widow, Claire Woodall, said she was honoured by the tribute.
“I am so honoured that the city has not only decided to permanently honour my husband, but to do so by building a park. Somewhere where his children, and all children can play. The fact that it will be local for my children is also great. It shows the thought that was put into this. I know they will play there often. We can’t wait for the finished results!”
“It is a privilege for the City of Edmonton to honour Constable Dan Woodall in this way,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “His example of bravery, his commitment to this community and his abiding love of family and sport will be remembered for years to come.”
The honour comes after the city received several suggestions from Edmontonians, looking for a way to pay tribute to Woodall after he was fatally shot outside a west end home on Monday, June 8. Woodall was one of several officers who had arrived at the Ormsby Place home to execute an arrest warrant.
Woodall was the first Edmonton Police Service officer killed in the line of duty in 25 years.
The city’s naming committee says Const. Daniel Woodall Park will serve as a lasting memorial. It is supported by his family, the Edmonton Police Association and Police Chief Rod Knecht.