Calgary will name part of a northwest park after Dale Hodges, who served for 30 years as the area's representative on city council.

Hodges was first elected in 1983 as the alderman for Ward 1, a position he held for 10 straight terms before retiring from council in 2013. Those terms made Hodges the city's longest-ever serving politician at the municipal level.

The current council voted unanimously Monday to rename East Bowmont Park in Hodges' honour.

Several councillors spoke about their former colleague.

"You took me under your wing and shared your wisdom," said Coun. Druh Farrell.

"And it was a gentle wisdom but I came to treasure it, so it's a good day."

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Coun. Ward Sutherland, left, who currently represents Ward 1 on city council, tweeted this photo Monday of him and former alderman Dale Hodges in the council chambers public gallery, with Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart at right. (Ward Sutherland/Twitter)

Coun. Ward Sutherland, who won the seat vacated by Hodges, called him "a great steward for the parks."

"Not only Bowness Park but all the surrounding parks and Bowmont Park, and this is just a natural extension," he said.

Coun. Brian Pincott, who earlier announced he will not run in this fall's election, said he cherished his working relationship with Hodges.

"He was a mentor; he was a friend. I loved getting to know him and getting beyond that gruff exterior he worked so hard to cultivate," Pincott said.

"And every time I managed to make him giggle publicly, I considered it a victory."