Fishburn Recreational Park is one of those southwestern Alberta gems, as verified by its five-star reviews on Google.
Council for the MD of Pincher Creek decided during its June 22 meeting to help keep each of those stars shining by providing funds for some maintenance projects.
The MD received a letter from volunteers back in May detailing what work needs to be done, including upgrading the east firepit, levelling camp kitchens and tables, installing tin siding and painting camp kitchens, adding another four picnic tables, installing new signage, repairing the horseshoe pits, and wrapping stucco wire on trees to help prevent beaver damage.
Council voted to provide $2,500 to help cover the cost of supplies, which will come from the public reserve trust. The MD will also provide one truck and pup load of gravel, valued at $355. Fishburn Park volunteers will handle the labour themselves.
Reeve Brian Hammond said the volunteers’ initiative and work ethic in maintaining the park was something the MD wanted to support.
“We have a long-standing philosophy that we will do as much as we can to help people who want to help themselves,” he said. “I think this group is a good example of that.”
“There is huge volunteer work,” agreed Coun. Rick Lemire. “They’re a pretty self-sufficient group over there and that park is well used.”
Depending on volunteer availability, it’s hoped the upgrades will be completed by the end of summer.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze