The smell of hotdogs and hamburgers wafted through the green air of Lion’s Memorial Park Saturday afternoon. The industrious Lion’s club was preparing for the public to come see and enjoy what had been year’s in the making. Their park was finally nearing completion and the club was anxious for locals to come and check out the near completed project.
The present park is a huge improvement over the ugly space that once greeted visitors as they came down Hwy #3 from Vancouver into town. In the winter, a big ugly pile of dirty snow that grew along with each snowfall filled much of the space and in the summer it was just weeds and dirt. Now benches throughout the space along with pathways, decorative rocks, perennials and green grass have transformed the space into a serene park for all to enjoy.
With Ridgewood Lodge and Princeton General Hospital so close by, the park has become a popular place for residents, patients and employees. The space has also, become a place to remember a loved one. Lion’s Memorial Park has memorial plaques for purchase which can be fastened to the large landscape rocks. The new sign commemorating the park is also of the same green natural looking material.
Lion’s Memorial Park is a legacy to those loved ones that have been lost and a legacy to the community. The Lion’s club members are thrilled with the results. “It has been a long process to get here,” said member Penny Lott, “but the results have definitely made it all worthwhile.”
“It is satisfying to see people sitting on the benches and just relaxing.”
The sign and plaques are in process of being installed during the month of June. “We want everyone to just enjoy.”