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Picnic shelter construction under way at Centennial Park

Construction of a picnic shelter in Centennial Park was under way last week.

The development of Centennial Park continued last week with construction of a picnic shelter near the playground.
The picnic shelter is the final work of the Fort Macleod Playground Committee, which oversaw refurbishment of five playgrounds.
“It’s been a really fun project,” the committee’s Angie O’Connor said Thursday. “That playground committee was an amazing group of people.”
The committee members observed a need in the community several years ago and fund-raised and co-ordinated work crews to upgrade the playgrounds.
Town of Fort Macleod operations director Albert Sandberg and parks and facilities foreman Dan Smith have taken the lead on having the picnic shelter built.
“It’s been one of those things we wanted to finalize,” O’Connor said. “We’re pretty excited that’s happening.”
Construction of the picnic shelter, which will have tables and chairs and provide plenty of shade, came from comments made by people using Centennial Park.
“We had lots of people mention to us that when you’re at the spray park it’s lovely and super-exciting to be there but there is very little shade.”
While Centennial Park has plenty of trees they are not close enough to the spray park to provide parents shade while they supervise their children.
There are two picnic tables in shade near the washrooms but can accommodate just a few people.
“The picnic shelter idea was born from that,” O’Connor said. “It wasn’t in our initial plan but people kept talking about it and asking about it.”
It is the committee’s hope people will take full advantage of the picnic shelter and tables and chairs.
“The hope is people can have a little family activity there,” O’Connor said. “There are lots of people who use the park. I’m always impressed.”
The committee will have a recognition wall installed in the picnic shelter in tribute to project donors.
A grand opening event will take place.