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Pride Week sees new inclusive Pride Walk

In April, the new Flag, Pole Banner and Decorative Trail Policy INF-C-01 was brought forth by Drumheller Town Council, and on Sunday many people gathered to paint murals on the newly Decorative Pride Walk.
Badlands Pride Association Co-Chair, Lana Phillips, along with almost 30 community volunteers were out painting the walkway located near the Drumheller Health Centre. Local community member, Mary Sanchez, designed the mural for the Pride Association’s portion of the trail. Paint and material were donated by Westview Co-op and Canadian Tire in Drumheller.
It was not the only new mural installed on the trail near the Drumheller Health Centre. Lynn Fabrick led a group of volunteers who painted a mural representing the Every Child Matters movement.
“We appreciate all the volunteers who came out, and the support of the community for Pride Week,” Phillips tells the Mail. “It was a nice way to end the week and now it’s out there for folks to enjoy.”
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Rails to Trails project receives Co-op Community Spaces Grant

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Rails to Trails in Drumheller, Alberta is one of 14 projects that have received a portion of $1 million as a 2024 recipient of Co-op Community Spaces.
The Rails to Trails Project will be receiving $100,000 through the Co-op Community Spaces grant program to upgrade the Midland Bridge to make it usable for foot and bicycle traffic.
“We really appreciate the support from the local Westview Cooperative Association,” said Rails to Trails Fundraising Task Force chair Jason Blanke. “Without the support of the business community in Drumheller and surrounding area, we wouldn’t be as far along as we are. This significant contribution will make the connection between Midland and Newcastle attainable.”
“Partnering with this organization ignites a spark of excitement, as the project will re-establish a connection between these municipalities. Together, we will support sustainability and accessibility throughout the Community, building a welcoming future for everyone involved,” said Mike Isaak, General Manager of Westview Co-op.
Co-op Community Spaces is designed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. Celebrating its 10th year, Community Spaces has invested a total of $13.5 million in 189 projects in three categories: recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture. FCL administers Community Spaces on behalf of more than 160 local Co-ops operating in 600 communities.
The Rails to Trails Project looks to develop a 19-kilometre pathway system utilizing the decommissioned CN rail line. This route starts at the Midland Bridge in Drumheller to the Community of Wayne. This project aims to foster greater connectivity between the surrounding Communities, perfect for outdoor recreation and accessible to everyone.
To mark the contribution, a celebration will be held at the Drumheller Home and Agro Centre on Tuesday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn more about the program and its recipients at communityspaces.ca.

Firefighters douse Riverside Park fire

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The Drumheller Fire Department, with support from the Munson Fire Department quickly gained control of a vegetation fire in Riverside Park late Friday afternoon, June 14. The department was called to the fire at about 4:15 p.m. in the forested area of the park between 14th street and DVSS. Currently the area is dry and covered with fluff from tree seeds that are easily ignitable. The firefighters used their bush buggy, equipment from Munson and backpack water sprayers to fight the blaze and douse hotspots after it was under control. There were no injuries.


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