Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:04

Veterans Centennial Park will undergo a makeover

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Concept drawing of the renovations proposed for Veterans Park. Concept drawing of the renovations proposed for Veterans Park. Image supplied

In 2010, the cenotaph in Veterans Centennial Park in Brooks received a much-needed makeover. Now, the whole park will be made over this year.

“The whole goal is to create a civic square that will be enjoyed for years to come,” explains Murray Denoudsten, president of the Brooks Town Centre Revitalization Zone (BRZ).
The project is set to cost between $300,000 to $400,000 depending on the final landscaping elements put in place. A central plaza will be the main focal point of the park. The plaza will be a place for events, meetings, people-watching, a starting or finishing line for race events or just to sit and enjoy lunch in a garden-like setting. It will also act as a stage area for festivals or concerts. Terracing will be incorporated into the existing grade at the park’s east end to create a small amphitheatre.
The City of Brooks will provide $300,000 toward the project, but a legacy donor program has also been launched to raise the remaining funds.
The BRZ wants to be able to enhance the landscaping adding shrubs and flowers, but creating a look that will be attractive through the four seasons.
“We also want to add heritage-style lighting and seating to reflect the historical nature of the downtown area of Brooks,” adds Denoudsten. “It’s a pretty exciting project.”
Annual plantings take place in the park and it is well-cared for, but BRZ officials feel the look of the park is getting tired. They also don’t want to detract from the historical aspect of the park and its commitment to honour veterans, but instead want to enhance that link.
“We feel by bringing forward the civic square and terraced area, it adds a new element to the use of the park,” explains Denoudsten. “There will be ample grassed areas still, but we’re complementing it with a civic square area.”
The project has been given the green light by city officials and work will get underway this spring. The electrical and irrigation aspects of the re-model will be designed to work together and water saving techniques will be introduced in the landscaping such as using mulch.
Although it is weather-dependent, Denoudsten is hopeful the project could be completed by late summer.
“We have an annual car show early in September. It would be wonderful if it could be done by then. We’re cautiously optimistic it will be done this year.”
When the work is complete, there will be a grand opening event held which will include legacy donors.
These donors are still being sought. The names of all donors will be honoured on a legacy plaque prominently displayed in the park. There are six donor levels including Diamond at $20,000 or more, Platinum at $10,000, Gold at $5,000, Silver at $2,500, Bronze at $1,000 and Heritage at $500.
Businesses or individuals looking to make a donation, can contact Christie Waldner at 403-793-8917 for a donation form. Tax receipts are available upon request.

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