Stan­dard path­way project un­der­way

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The Stan­dard Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment So­ci­ety filled its sum­mer full of mem­o­ries, work­ing hard on ‘ Mem­ory Lane.’

The Mail re­ported in the spring of 2018 the So­ci­ety re­ceived a fund­ing boost from CHS Ag Ser­vices to work on its Mem­ory Lane project. They have con­tin­ued to work hard fundrais­ing and this sum­mer they saw the fruits of their labour with great progress on the project.

The vi­sion of Mem­ory Lane is an in­ter­pre­tive trail en­cir­cling the vil­lage cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory of the vil­lage. The work be­gan on the stretch of CPR land on the south end of the vil­lage do­nated in 1923. This year they cut in the trail and put in a gravel base. They have also in­stalled five bridges along the walk­way.

The so­ci­ety also en­hanced the land­scape with flora, fauna, and ar­ti­facts in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal speeder shack. Most re­cently a ca­boose was brought to the site.

Mem­ber of the En­hance­ment So­ci­ety, Don Sundgaard, is hum­ble about the so­ci­ety’s ac­com­plish­ments.

‘ We al­ways fig­ured we needed to do more,” he said of the busy sum­mer.

With the path base in place, they are look­ing to have it paved next sum­mer and are hop­ing they can re­al­ize some sav­ings by work­ing with nearby paving projects in the area. Next year they are look­ing at fix­ing up the speed­ster shack. “One of our di­rec­tors has agreed to take it on and re­store it,” said Sundgaard. “We just ac­quired an old grain wagon this week, so we are go­ing to re­store that over the next year.”

At about the mid­point of the trail they have cre­ated a space where Sundgaard says they will be do­ing a “mock-up” of the orig­i­nal rail­road sta­tion.

“It is be­ing done by the grand­son of the fel­low who lived in the sta­tion that was op­er­ated by his fa­ther for 27 years. He also con­trib­uted the ca­boose,” he said.

In the mean­time, they will con­tinue to fundraise and have been re­ceiv­ing a num­ber of me­mo­rial do­na­tions for the in­stal­la­tion.

“This is what we are look­ing at over the next cou­ple of years. It will be 1.1 kilo­me­tres long when we are done the first phase. If we get some more en­thu­si­asm from other di­rec­tors and peo­ple in the town, we have the po­ten­tial to make a four kilo­me­tre long path,” he said.

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