Re: “Differing Views on new Trout Creek pathway” (St. Marys Journal Argus, June 26, 2013).
A few errors were made in one letter while referencing the activities at the park. First, it is no longer Kin Park (Kinsmen continue to maintain a lovely park with playground equipment on the south side of Trout Creek) but is a new Rotary Park and will soon be dedicated to Eric Taylor.
The park has been under development for at least five years and was initiated because of the deplorable state of Trout Creek and the water flowing through St. Marys. This park is a joint project involving The Rotary Club of St. Marys, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) and the Town of St. Marys. Part of the plan involved local schoolchildren planting thousands of native perennials and trees under the guidance of conservation staff and with the assistance of local Rotarians.
Park planning has been done in conjunction with those who know parks. Examined closely, you will note that a trail through the park has been developed using local stone screenings. This makes the park more accessible to residents, especially those requiring wheelchairs and scooters, as well as allowing parents with strollers and park visitors on bikes to enjoy the location. An added benefit is that we can use the trail even when the grass is soaked with dew or from recent rainfall. An additional benefit is being able to see and avoid goose droppings hiding in the grass.
This pathway was installed by McLean Taylor Construction and the Town of St. Marys. It met all UTRCA standards and is considered environmentally friendly.
The natural gardens are still under development but are almost complete. As stated earlier, schoolchildren planted the majority of the perennial plants. Members of the Rotary Club have spread massive amounts of wood chips and commit to maintain the gardens to a standard that will make St. Marys proud.
The Town of St. Marys continues to cut the grass and provide maintenance as they always have. Please note that tax dollars were not used to develop this park. The Rotary Club of St. Marys is providing this development and has received outstanding support from our elected officials and from staff employed by our town.
The benches, picnic tables, trees and plantings were arranged through The Rotary Club of St. Marys Foundation “Leave a Legacy” Fund and paid for by generous citizens of St. Marys who sponsored the benches, tables and trees in memory of loved ones, or a family has purchased same. The benches and tables have nameplates affixed naming the sponsors. The trees planted will have the sponsor’s name on a memorial stone which will be unveiled on Saturday, July 13, at a dedication ceremony beginning at 2 p.m.
The Rotary Club of St. Marys and the Rotary Club of St. Marys Foundation “Leave A Legacy” Fund invite you to join us at the dedication ceremony for “Rotary Park” and “Taylor Trail.”
For the last five years, the UTRCA, the Town of St. Marys and the Rotary Club of St. Marys Foundation “Leave A Legacy” Fund have partnered in the Trout Creek Enhancement project. The objectives are to beautify one of the entrances to the town, provide a leisure area for the citizens of St. Marys and visitors to enjoy, and to improve the Trout Creek water habitat.
The walkway through Rotary Park is linked to the 25 kms of Grand Trunk Trail, in and around St. Marys and will be named “Taylor Trail” in recognition of the commitment and vision that Eric Taylor had in the development of the Trout Creek Park area.
Date: Saturday, July 13
Time: 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Dedication Ceremony: 2 p.m.
Location: Station Street — north side of Trout Creek
There will be informative displays from the UTRCA and the Rotary Club of St. Marys, with activities for all ages, including a “Little Feat Foot Rallye” quiz. The quiz is available from our website listed below or you may obtain copies at Meridian Credit Union, TD Canada Trust, St. Marys Public Library, and Town of St. Marys facilities.
We chose this date to coincide with one of St. Marys’ summer highlights — the Stonetown Heritage Festival. There are many planned activities for the weekend to entertain the entire family. Don’t forget the Saturday evening highlight is the spectacular Rotary Fireworks!
For more information about this event, the Rotary Club of St. Marys, and the “Leave a Legacy” Fund, visit our website: www.rotarystmarys.ca.
Yours in Rotary,
The Rotary Club of St. Marys