Twenty bring ideas for new recreation activities

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  • Jun. 21, 2011 6:00 a.m.

TREENA MIELKE/Rimbey Review

The new recreation board is taking its first steps toward moving recreation up a notch on the priority ladder for the Town of Rimbey.

Despite a rainy miserable evening, coupled by the fact the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs was being played, about 20 people showed up at the BMX Park last Wednesday evening to discuss possible improvements to the park.

“It was very positive,” said Coun. Gail Rondeel, who represents council on the recreation board, along with Coun. Paul Payson. “We had a lot of excellent comments.”

Recreation director Rick Kreklewich said ideas included the construction of a hockey/basketball pad, new playground equipment, constructing a trail around the park, adding a putting green and the redevelopment of the BMX portion of the park.

The meeting went really well and we came away with lots of good ideas,” he said.

“The equipment is old and outdated and the people seem really interested in the possibility of re-developing the park into something more than just a playground. We had a lot of useful suggestions. We encourage people to stop by the recreation office and fill out comment sheets that were provided at the meeting so we can have further input.”

Kreklewich said more public meetings will be held to discuss the future of the civic parks.

Re-development of the RimWest Park at 47 Avenue and 52 Street is scheduled for this year.

“This playground is tucked in some trees,” said Rondeel. “A lot of people don’t even know that it is there. It’s been modified over the years with people fixing it up.”

The RimWest playground and other municipal playgrounds will be inspected to determine which equipment is deemed safe and the remainder will be removed.

“Our goal is to provide our town and area residents with the best possible parks that will meet the needs of the public now and for future generations,” said Kreklewich.