From a man-made toboggan hill to pathways – Claresholm is moving

Claresholm ran its first Winterfest on February 19 , 2018. The vision for this community event came from one member of the Community.  During 18 months of planning the vision grew to include the majority of the community groups in Claresholm. It worked well for each organization to be responsible for one thing, for example the Claresholm Museum set up an Old-Fashioned Photo shoot and the town of Claresholm piled all the snow from its snow clearing to create a toboggan hill.  

 Other activities included outdoor Milk Jug Curling on an outdoor rink; rides in a classic “Snow Bus” across the prairie; hilarious 3 person ski-races and games; Shinny road hockey; Sno-Pitch Tournament; Hot Toddy bar; Fire pits for warmth; Scavenger Hunt; Soup and a bun; Beef on a bun, Chili and Food trucks; Family movie “Ferdinand”; and finished off with the Town of Claresholm donating the fireworks that they were unable to use in 2017 due to the drought.

 The commitment of the volunteers was tested by a snow storm on the Thursday night before the event and -24 on the Saturday morning . . .  they put on more layers and stepped out regardless. 

Fast forward to spring and community stakeholders are lending their support to the further development of the pathways systems.  1. 5 km from the Kinsmen who are building a trail to the airport. The town is contributing 3. 5 km of trails which link the town to the Frog Creek Storm Water Pond.  

The Frog Creek Pond is a response to overland flooding in 2014 and received funding from the Alberta Government Flood Resiliency Program in 2016.  The pond will provide 170 ,000 cubic feet of water storage and will be the epicenter of a wetland which will have 120,000 varieties of plants including 5 different kinds of willows for starters; Pussy willow, Yellow Willow, Bebbs Willow, Sand bar willow  and Shining willow. This prairie oasis will become a destination for walkers, bikers and skiers in the years to come!