Focus little girl painting Easter eggs with her mother. (Photo submitted)

Spring and fresh starts

Hopefully, you are geared up for the Easter Weekend; many hit the road to go visiting while others stay and have visitors as there is finally a reasonable chance of decent driving conditions. However, like a pop quiz at school, there can also be quirky sudden storms as we have probably all experienced. Some may just have a quiet weekend to themselves and their yardwork which is all good as well. If you are hanging around, we are open Good Friday from 2:00 pm till 6:00 pm and Easter Sunday we are closed; other than that – regular hours which can be found at www.rdck.ca or give us a call at 250-428-7127.

Should you ever want to leave the sanctity of the Community Complex and venture out into the world to experience other things, a couple of great places to check out happenings are www.crestonevents.ca and www.crestonvalleykootenaylakeroute.com/events. Typically organizations try to get their events posted here or alternatively, check out posters around town as well – there are some really great things are happening to blow off the winter cabin fever fumes.

In the front lobby and Erickson room this Saturday, April 20th, take in the last indoor Farmers Market before they load up and head to the lot next to the Visitors Centre. It’s always a crapshoot on this last one before moving outside – by having it inside, it almost guarantees a beautiful sunny day; if it was outside, break out the Nor’wester and gum boots. Who knows?

You should start to see some action on the hill soon as the company that is building the skatepark portion of the Community Park starts to mobilize for what should be some pretty cool construction techniques. (If that is your cup of tea, of course) In recreation there a few amenities that are quite specialized and outside the regular scope of, for instance, pouring foundations or building sidewalks. A skatepark, with all its curvilinear bowl features and requirement for a near perfect surface, takes an incredible amount of skill to pull off. A swimming pool with its thousands of feet of reinforcing steel as well as piping and the final requirement that the top lip is within a millimeter or two all the way around for filtration is pretty intense too. It should hold water as well. Finally pouring refrigerated concrete slabs such as we have done in past years in the form of our hockey and curling surfaces is equally as complex with a requirement of being flat within a couple of millimeters. All the piping that runs through the concrete spaced every 4 inches and an equal amount of reinforcing steel so you have a solid slab that won’t crack (or if it does, won’t move) sits on top of a piping system to heat the ground below it so permafrost doesn’t work its way down.

I have overly simplified all the engineering, workmanship and care that goes into these type of projects but one constant is that we almost always make sure the focus is about quality and longevity based of course on the funds available to achieve that – if it takes a bit longer – so be it. Anyway, watch the hillside and the CDCC Facebook page for updates on this project.

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