Volunteers keep Canyon Park thriving, welcome all Creston Valley residents

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Canyon Park hosts a slo-pitch tournament every Canada Day.

Canyon Park hosts a slo-pitch tournament every Canada Day.

When was the last time you visited the Canyon Park, on 48th Street and Samuelson Road in Canyon, just below Mount Thompson?

Did you know the park was established in the 1940s by residents who felt it was a great idea to have a park with large trees and spaces for everyone to gather for family get-togethers? They were our residents who really started environmental stewardship in Canyon, and had the wisdom to conserve a beautiful piece of land for all Canyon and Creston Valley residents to enjoy well into the future.

Since the ‘40s, the park has gone through many changes, but the beauty has always remained.

In 2014, the Canyon Community Association surveyed the community and realized some updates of the facilities were required, so it has embarked on a large revitalization of the park. It has completed new bathrooms and showers, the only publicly available horse arena in the valley has been updated, the well-used fitness trails have been resurfaced, and the slo-pitch softball field has an excellent new surface.

Plans are underway for a new kitchen and pavilion — a beautiful catering-type kitchen and an open-framed timber pavilion connecting to the kitchen with a breezeway. A wall of recognition with engraved names will be mounted in the new pavilion (call Sylvia 250-428-0790 or Simon at 250-428-8852 to learn more). Also on the wish list is a new natural playground.

The association is lucky that it has a very dedicated and passionate but small group of volunteers. If it could figure out how to get more volunteers, members would write a book and make lots of money for the association. There are usually not enough hours in a day to get your own chores done, but it’s really rewarding, a real feeling of accomplishment when you can use your years of built up skills or even your muscles to accomplish even the smallest of jobs.

Come see our park and take in the beauty our founding residents saw so many years ago. You can visit the park at 4727 48th St. or at www.canyonbc.ca.

—CANYON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION