City crews finished the project on Monday night, which involved restoring the flower beds, installing a more efficient drip irrigation system, and constructing a new retaining wall.
The project was budgeted at $37,000, and though final costs are still being calculated, it fell well within that budget, said Darcy Perrin, parks manager for the City of Dawson Creek. He said they were able to realize cost savings by using in-house top soil made from excess soil taken from another construction site, and mulch from the city’s tree maintenance program.
“I think it will be a great addition to our city, and enjoyed by the public and visitors alike,” said Perrin about the project.
Restoring the flower beds at the traffic circle was originally envisioned by the Dawson Creek Beautification Committee, a group of local volunteers who receive grants from the city to undertake enhancement projects. Brenda Kreutzer, chair of the committee, said they are pleased to see the flower beds restored at an important focal point in the city.
“Everybody that comes into town comes around the traffic circle, and we’ve always felt it should be a showcase,” she said.
She added while it may be hard to tell the difference in the midst of summer, she expects come this fall and next spring there will be some beautiful colours to enjoy.
The committee has also undertaken a human sundial project at Peace Park. The human sundial allows visitors to tell the date and time by casting their shadow onto the dial’s surface. Kreutzer said they are now awaiting the stencil work to be done for the numbers and months on the dial, and then it will just be a matter of completing the commemorative sun clock and plaque that will go along with the dial.
“I think it’s going to be something that the community is going to enjoy,” she said, “and it’s also going to be a dedication to a lady who did so much in our community.”
Kreutzer was referring to the late Edna McPhail, a long-time member of the committee and champion of many worthy projects and causes in the city.
“We worked for almost 20 years on the Beautification Committee with her, and we felt as a committee we wanted to do something to honour her and her dedication to the city, and we feel this is definitely a unique way.”
She said she expects the project will be finished by mid-September, at which point the public will be invited out to an unveiling ceremony.