Calgary

Flashers a blot on the landscape for Scotsman's Hill residents

Scotsman's Hill has one of the best views of downtown Calgary's skyline, making it a popular photo spot for visitors and locals alike. But some revellers are ruining the picture for residents that live along the picturesque overlook.

Warning, the story below contains a nude photo that has been blurred

Last year, Glenn Street snapped the photo on the left of men urinating off the side of Scotsman's Hill in Calgary. He said rude revellers are an ongoing problem in the Ramsay neighbourhood. (Submitted/CBC)

Scotsman's Hill has one of the best views of downtown Calgary's skyline, making it a popular photo spot for visitors and locals alike.

But some revellers are ruining the picture for residents that live along the picturesque overlook.

Glenn Street shared a photo on Twitter Saturday evening, showing a group of men and women baring it all as their limo driver snapped a photo of the group's backsides in front of the city skyline.

"They were out for a good 10 to 15 minutes like that. And you know, there could have been families out in the area, there might have been," he said. "It's unfortunate that it's a few people that aren't thinking and do things."

Revellers strip to pose for a photo on the top of Scotsman's Hill on Saturday. CBC News has blurred the photo. (Glenn Street)

He said the limo's driver, with the company AM PM Limo, was snapping the group's photo. CBC News reached out to the company for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

"The driver should have said, 'you know, we're in a residential neighbourhood, please respect the neighbourhood,'" he said.

Street has lived along the hill on Salisbury Street S.E. for 30 years, and photos like this one have been an all-too-frequent nuisance, along with people tossing beer bottles and other litter into the dog park.

Last year, he posted a photo depicting a group of men urinating off the side of the hill, prompting community members to speak out.

In response to that photo, blue porta-potties were installed in the park and the park is cordoned off during the Calgary Stampede. But Street said it hasn't been enough to curb the issues.

"The problems still persist … typically it's people that have been drinking and come up in the limos," he said.

Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra said he understands the behaviour atop Scotsman's Hill has some pushing for a limousine ban — the city has already banned tour buses from the stop.

"Obviously when people step out of limousines and do antisocial things it certainly weighs the argument towards a ban," he said.

But, he said he'd rather not limit access to the incredible view.

"This is an amazing asset the city would do well to celebrate and I understand issues of privacy and overuse the people who live up here suffer through, but at the same time I am less interested in bans and more interested in what we can do to regulate," he said.

Carra said there will be discussion on whether or not additional action needs to be taken in the park.

With files from Helen Pike

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