Doro•hy volun•eers •ake on camp ki•chen pro­jec•

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Oa•rick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Grass­roots of Dorothy are show­ing their ded­i­ca­tion to the small but pic­turesque com­mu­nity, this year re­build­ing its pic­nic struc­ture.

Over the years, the cadre of vol­un­teers have been busy rais­ing funds and tak­ing on projects that pre­serve the his­tory of the com­mu­nity.

This in­cludes the re­fur­bish­ing of the two his­toric churches and act­ing as care­taker for the el­e­va­tor and other re­sources.

This spring and sum­mer, they fo­cused their en­ergy on re­build­ing the pic­nic struc­ture at the small play­ground area and camp­ground.

“We moved it off the foun­da­tion, put in a new pad and a brand new camp kitchen there, just try­ing it make it a lit­tle bet­ter for peo­ple com­ing and go­ing,” said Jim Faubion.

He said the roof of the kitchen was be­gin­ning to sag, and it was time for an up­grade. While of­ten they are work­ing on pre­serv­ing the his­toric re­sources, this was a new ren­o­va­tion. He said they took spe­cial ef­fort to make it fit the look of the his­tor­i­cal com­mu­nity.

The group was sup­ported by a small grant from Spe­cial Ar­eas to build the new kitchen.

The site is a hid­den gem in the bad­lands for pic­nick­ers and camper alike. Faubion says they are still fo­cus­ing on re­pair­ing the Dorothy el­e­va­tor, which lost its roof in a storm last July.

Vol­un­teers in Dorothy re­built the camp kitchen at the play­ground and camp­ground for vis­i­tors to en­joy.

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