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Wilrich Park Grand Re-Opening – Black Diamond

Known to many as the Lego Park behind Fas Gas, Wilrich Park is now open with all new equipment and ready for the kids during their Christmas break from school..

Here as some local kids enjoying the ribbon cutting with Mayor Sharlene Brown, the hot chocolate and of course the chocolate chip cookies, provided by Les Quinton and the Town.

It’s been 2 years since the 2013 Floods came, and damaged the equipment and landscaping in Wilrich Park. Today, we celebrate the new playground equipment, and a safe place to play for the children of our community.

Thanks to a grant from the Canadian Red Cross and funds received from the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP), the playground equipment was able to be replaced at no cost to our taxpayers. Initially, the terms of the Canadian Red Cross grant were such that the equipment would not be able to be installed in Wilrich Park, as it is located in the flood fringe area. Following the completion of the Downstream Berm (north of the Sheep River Bridge) the Canadian Red Cross was agreeable to the playground equipment being installed in Wilrich Park.

A further delay to the reopening of the park occurred, as the space was required to be closed during the Town’s work on the 2nd Avenue NW Outfall project. While the area was under construction, safety requirements did not permit the park to be opened until both the berm and the outfall projects were fully complete, and the area vacated by all of the contractors and heavy equipment.

Tuesday December 22, 2015 marked the Grand Re-opening of Wilrich Park. The ribbon cutting took place at 2:00pm with members of Council, Staff and a few of the parks users there to help celebrate another, very special, flood recovery milestone.

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