We live near a tourist town where there is a farm community, an Arts Centre, retirement homes, a fine museum, a knit shop, an old Mill waiting to be restored, a few restaurants that come and go, a Tim Horton’s coffee shop, several veterinarians, a factory for car parts, a small grocery shop, a community centre and a couple of nearby nurseries too. There are several attractive churches and also a wonderful summer music festival. Every spring there is a great used book sale with people who come from miles around to grab a find. There is hockey, fishing, lawn bowling, broom ball, canoeing, baseball and LaCross. There’s a fine campground as well with swimming, hiking and even a viewing spot called Lover’s Leap! There’s a failing race track and slot machine establishment (which was heavily protested against) and a small nearby hamlet with a gravel pit smack in the middle of the residences (again, heavily protested against).
But let me tell you about the gas station in the very center of our town! Over the years the leakage of gasoline into the land there became serious since everything is situated close to a river. Eventually the station was closed and the company was required to clean up the land. And this was done so that this valuable property could once again be sold. To one side of the property is a charming cinema, on the other side is a pub with outdoor tables in the summertime. Across the street are shops: antiques, clothing, jewelry, children’s clothing, kitchen supplies. Behind the property are some galleries.
Then came the citizens once more. They organized and presented their wishes to the town council, and lo and behold they have won and are in the process of having a small but wonderful new park built on that central spot in the community. No more gas station. Sometimes citizens carry the day!
I am enchanted so far with what is taking place. There are sizeable trees of many varieties, an irrigation system, terrific seating spots and sculptures which will change over time. Join me for a look at how the corner park is evolving.
This morning while visiting there, I saw a tamarack, a gingko, redbuds and more.
These days people enter the cinema through a small lane.
Other sculptures on display:
The irrigation has been installed as well as some of the shrubs and flowers. I saw some hardy sedums and hostas already planted and watered in.
Soon the flagstone will be installed and sod as well. There will be lighting for the sculptures too. We turned extremely lucky! Sometimes you win!