Calgary city officials have canceled a private all-ages naked swim-and-slide party scheduled this Sunday at one of its leisure centers, citing security concerns as well as “volatile public commentary.” The decision comes after massive public backlash to the event that included a petition signed by tens of thousands.
James McLaughlin, acting director of recreation services, announced the cancellation Thursday following a review by Calgary Police Service and corporate security on the event, reported Calgary Herald.
“I can’t say there was one specific threat, it was a series of things over time,” he said.
The City of Calgary stated on Thursday in a news release that it had canceled the event “due to concerns about safety and security arising from volatile public commentary.”
“Under the terms and conditions of facility rental agreements, the city reserves the right to cancel or amend permits should special circumstances arise,” the city stated.
“Unfortunately, recent events have created the potential to impact the safety of participants, public and staff, and required the cancellation of this booking,” it added.
“Volatile public commentary motivated the final decision on cancellation of nude swim,” tweeted Jill Croteau, journalist for Global Calgary.
Calgary Nude Recreation rented the Southland Leisure Centre for a private after-hours “Naked Water Slides and Wave Pool” event on January 14.
CBC reported on the event January 5, noting the nudist group says on its Meetup page it welcomes children at its events.
“This group is family oriented and kid friendly and open to people of all ages, body types, all genders, sexual orientations, and anyone else in between,” the group states.