Wednesday, 05 October 2016 13:43

Walkway Gardens a place of peace

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As a member of the Friends of the Walkway, I commend and thank the staff of Stark & Marsh for their volunteer work on Green Friday helping us prepare the flower beds along the creek path for the cold weather to come.
They weed the rose bed in the Kiwanis and Riverdene parks, clean up along the footpath as well as picking up garbage. Their willing and cheerful help in maintaining the walkway, one of Swift Current’s greatest assests, is much appreciated.
I would also like to thank the CAMP School students and teachers who help prepare the roses for winter by covering them with mulch and then removing it in the spring. The walkway has benefitted too from the general public who, both individually and in groups, keep the path tidy daily.
I would like to emphasize the path is primarily a walkway, a great place to stroll along and enjoy the flowers, birds and animals seen beside the creek, a safe path for children to learn to ride their bikes and follow the rules of the road, and for many people to walk their dogs.
Older bikers, rollerbladers and skateboarders use the path too, but they do not have the right of way and should exercise care when passing others, especially those with children and pets. The need to give adequate warning when they pass, riding slowly at all times, dismounting when passing family groups.
The flower beds along the path are all memorial gardens:
1. The Mayors’ Grove Garden commemorates Swift Current’s former mayors. It has been redesigned and replanted by the City, after cleaning up an invasion of quack grass.
2. The Riverdene Garden with its peace pole, dedicated by the United Church, is a symbol for world peace.
3. The wildflower garden in Ashley Park was planted in honour of Archie Budd and Jan Looman from the Swift Current Research Station for their studies of Saskatchewan wild flowers and lichens.
4. The flower bed in the Riverside Park was planted and is maintained by the Baldwin family in memory of their son, a former arborist at the Saskatoon University.
5. The Memorial Rose Garden in the Kiwanis Park has been planted in memory of former Swift Current citizens with donations from their families and friends. The original fountain has been converted into a predominantly lily garden and many Saskatchewan lilies were planted there in the province's centennial year.
The white rose bush in the centre is in memory of those former Swift Current citizens who do not have an individual rose in the rose garden.
Anthea Loran, Swift Current

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