The Rimbey Lions Club recently finished installing lights along their pathway on the west end of town, making it easier for residents to use the path early in the morning or later at night.
The pathway, which stretches about 1,800 feet between Evergreen Estates and the south end of the museum property, is frequently used by students walking to and from school and those walking downtown to go to work.
“We put in the walkway about two years ago,” explained Ted Jamieson, president of the Rimbey Lions Club. “It’s on the far west side of town and when kids were walking to school, they had to go all the way to Highway 53 and around PasKaPoo Park. This is virtually north and south to that, so it’s quite a savings and the kids don’t have to go near the busy highway.”
This summer, the club took on a project to add lights to the pathway and by the end of the first week in August, they had installed several light standards and three solar panels to power the lights. The lights currently come on at sunset and go off again at sunrise.
To date, the Rimbey Lions Club has installed about 20,000 feet of pathways around town. This specific section, including installing the pathway and the lights, cost about $80,000, Jamieson said.
“We have a long-term agreement with the town to operate and manage the campground, so that’s a good source of income,” Jamieson explained, when asked about the money that funded this pathway project. “The money does go back into the town in one form or another.”