Memorial Park Information by Diana Kleinloog
The Memorial Park in Sundre, initiated by a Sundre resident, is supported by the Sundre Palliative Care Association, plus the Town of Sundre, local businesses and many private donors.
The park location was historically owned by The Knott family, and was donated to the Town of Sundre about five decades ago, with the proviso that it not be used for residential housing. Most recently, the park area had been used to dump snow and debris from clearing the roads in town.
Work on the Park began in the spring of 2020. The town agreed that the land could be used for a Memorial Park. The first task was to remove the waste material on much of the park surface. A few poplars were also cleaned up and then the area was leveled for fresh fill and grass was seeded. A fence was erected, with gates for access, so local wildlife would not be able to enter the park. Trees were planted and Morton Burke, from Bergen, carved the central Memorial Stone which was placed on a concrete footing. At the same time, concrete pads were created for bench placements.
Future plans include, placing benches, planting more trees, and creating a walking labyrinth for meditation. The Memorial Park is situated off Centre Street N, and accessed by turning east onto 4 Ave NE and walking south on the laneway which connects 4 Ave NE to 3 Ave NE. The park is on the east side of the laneway and is easily visible.
Increased signage is planned. As well, the aim is to make the park wheelchair accessible.
We appreciate the support of the town of Sundre crews along with local businesses, including Tanas Concrete, Sledge Concrete, Bearberry Greenhouses, and RLB Roofing. Special appreciation and thanks go to Morton Burke for the carving of the central rock, and to Marty Butts for his energy and enthusiasm in making the area ready for the park.
In addition to funding from the Sundre Palliative Care Association, a major donation came from funds raised by the Second Annual Wade Konschuh Memorial Golf Tournament. We are grateful for the vision and passion for this project shown by our donors. Without them this park would never have become a reality. We look forward to continuing to develop the park next spring. It is now open to the public and visitors are welcome.
Donations for the purchase of a tree or bench in memory of a loved one, can be made to the Sundre Palliative Care Association. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations. Please see our website www.sundrepalliativecare.ca
Diana Kleinloog has worked as an RN in rural health care