Rotary Spray Park gazebo officially opened

From left Rotarians Simone Chevalier and Linda Kilian help Morinville Mayor Lloyd Bertschi cut the ribbon to officially open the Rotary Splash Park gazebo Aug. 31. – Staff Photo

By Staff

Morinville – Local Rotarians and members of the business community gathered at the Rotary Spray Park Wednesday morning to put the ceremonial touch to the opening of a new gazebo, a project that has taken a couple years from concept to completion.

Rotary Club of Morinville grants Chair Monty Johnson said the Rotary Club built the Splash Park in 2006 with the Town’s help as well as a number of local associates. Johnson said fellow Rotarian Simone Chevalier broached the need for a gazebo in the park after taking her grandchildren there and finding there really was no area to provide shelter. “So we said, ‘Why don’t we build a gazebo,’” Johnson recalled. “It took about two years to build this.”

The Rotarian explained none of it would have been possible without the assistance of local supporters Alliance Pipeline, Flynn Bros. Construction, Lefarge, Servus Credit Union, the Town of Morinville and the Province of Alberta.

Although the present gazebo facility consists of the recently-completed metal structure on a concrete pad, the Rotary Club will continue work on the project next spring with the addition of picnic benches and a plaque recognizing those who donated to the initiative.

Other local projects the service club has participated in include the building of Rotary Park, support for the St. Jean Baptiste Festival, Morinville trail system, sending students to firefighter school in Vermillion, and most recently, the purchase of a grand piano for the Morinville Community Cultural Centre.

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