Stan­dard’s Mem­ory Lane cel­e­brates lo­cal his­tory

The Drumheller Mail - - WORKS! - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Stan­dard Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment So­ci­ety got a boost from a lo­cal com­pany for a trip down Mem­ory Lane.

The So­ci­ety is busy build­ing Mem­ory Lane, and is in the sec­ond year of de­velop- ment. They are de­vel­op­ing a stretch of land donated by the CPR in 1923. This land, ap­prox­i­mately 100 feet wide by about a kilo­me­tre long will be de­vel­oped with walk­ing and cy­cling paths, and along the route ar­ti­facts and in­ter­pre­ta­tion, cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory of the vil­lage.

On Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27 CHS Ag Ser­vices, which has an of­fice in the vil­lage, donated $25,000 to the project.

Don Sundgaard, pres­i­dent of the Stan­dard Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment So­ci­ety, is grate­ful for the do­na­tion to the commu- nity. The project has been in the works for about three years, and this is year two of the de­vel­op­ment.

“With­out ask­ing they gen­er­ously donated $25,000 to the project,” said Sundgaard. “We are grate­ful for the dona­tions to help us along with the project be­cause we can only go as far as money and vol­un­teers go.”

Last year the project made head­lines when a par­cel of land, seed, and chem­i­cal was donated. The crop was har­vested and they raised $85,000 for Mem­ory Lane.

So far they have planted 40 trees, and have cut the path­way. There will be five bridges over wa­ter­ways and the orig­i­nal speeder shed from CPR will be on site.

“It (the speeder shed) needs a lot of re­pairs, but be­ing that it is the only orig­i­nal thing left from the CPR which came here in 1911, we thought we would make it part of the dis­play,” said Sundgaard.

Along with the rail his­tory, Mem­ory Lane will also com­mem­o­rate the coal min­ing his­tory, the early lo­cal busi­nesses, and pi­o­neers that built the com­mu­nity.

The project has the ca­pac­ity to grow and they are look­ing to a build a fourk­ilo­me­tre route that would en­cir­cle the com­mu­nity.

We are grate­full for the dona­tions to help us along with the project be­cause we can only go as far as money and vol­un­teers go.” Don Sundgaard Pres­i­dent, Stan­dard Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment So­ci­ety

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