It’s a beautiful park: trees, a creek, barbeque, foot bridges, fences, grass, sculptures. Just off Yew in Kitsilano, right? Wrong! Go south on 50th Street and hang a left just before you get to the post office; keep right and you’ll find yourself in the parking lot of Cedar Park in Chetwynd.
It’s a park that would make proud almost any city and it’s here for your personal pleasure and relaxation. The area was severely ravaged during the flood of 2011 but it has been totally restored. Of course the grass needs another season to fully root and mature but time will do it. You can always count on time.
What can you expect to see as you visit the park? Dominating the scene in the middle of Cedar Park is the casting of the dinosaur track discovered by Young’s Mills south west of Chetwynd a few years ago. The original print has been permanently loaned to Tumbler Ridge because TR has the skill, the facility, and the staff to care for it properly, but its concrete casting with interpretation here in Chetwynd is a permanent reminder to all park visitors of the life that roamed our wilds before we moved in.
Beyond the dinosaur track, Windrem Creek bisects the park and you have your choice of two bridges by which to cross to the grassy expanse on the other side – a wonderful space for grandpas to chase Frisbees with the third generation while they imprint on their receptive minds some of the wonders of nature.
If you are more inclined to catering to the palate, prepare for a picnic lunch in the gazebo (please respect our nature and carry home everything you don’t consume). Cedar Park is perfect for family play time and our sunny summer has been perfect for family outings. With the coming of autumn and the changing colors, what more could our children ask for than a walk in the park with mom and dad in the brisk air that tells us that winter is just ahead?
Right now, Windrem Creek is dry but even in its dryness, it is beautiful. Following the great flood last year, the creek bed was restored and reinforced with rip rap to protect the banks from erosion but come a heavy rain or spring melt, the creek will run again and parents will want to hold the hands of their little ones as they play along the banks.
You might guess that I am inviting you to pay a visit to Cedar Park. You’re so right. That is exactly what I am doing. District of Chetwynd workers have done a first-rate job in turning a brushy wilderness into a play land that is peace and good will to the eyes of everyone who takes a few minutes to feel the embrace of nature. I know you are busy but there is more to life than work. Prove it. Come to Cedar Park.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor