Rejuvenated MacIntyre Park rededicated

MacIntyre Park in downtown High Prairie was rededicated during a ceremony Aug. 26 that included descendents of Dr. Edward MacIntyre, who helped cut the ribbon. Left-right, are High Prairie Community Beautification Association chair Verna Ogg; Lyndon Harley [grandson of Dr. MacIntyre], of Prince George, B.C; Hennessey Harley [great-great granddaughter], of Prince George; John Turner [grandson], of High Prairie; Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox; Margaret Harley [daughter], of Prince George; Beautification vice-chair Trish Long; Isabelle MacIntyre [daughter-in-law]; of Wetaskiwin, Alta.; Lotus Harley [great-great granddaughter] of Prince George; and Wade MacIntyre [grandson], of Calgary.
Richard Froese
South Peace News

A refreshed MacIntyre Park was officially celebrated Aug. 26 by the High Prairie Community Beautification Association.

“Thank you to all of those who helped with the different little projects that we have had over the last two years,” says association vice-chair Trish Long, who initiated the project.
“If not for your help, this would not have happened.”

Located downtown on 51 Avenue at the corner of 50 Street, the park was initially dedicated in December 1980.

The park was named in memory of MacIntyre for his faithful service and dedication to the High Prairie and district area, serving as medical practitioner and pharmacist from 1919-40.

Several members of the family of Dr. Edward and Grace Elizabeth MacIntyre were honoured to share in the ceremony.

“It’s beautiful,” says Margaret Harley, 79, daughter of the MacIntyres.
“I’m pleased that the community continues to remember them.”

She says the revived park is much improved.

“I remember the initial park being developed,” Harley says.
“There was a fountain, a lot of trees, and a few flowers, but it wasn’t looked after much.”

Four generations of MacIntyres have worked in the healthcare system in High Prairie, notes grandson John Turner, of High Prairie.

Dr. MacIntyre was followed by his daughter Sally Forshner, granddaughter Debbie Dickson and great-granddaughter Brittney [Dickson] Michels.

MacIntyre Park was spruced up in the past two years and features a gazebo, tables for games, new trees, a growing number of flowers and murals.

Local government leaders appreciated the efforts of the volunteers in the project.

“This park is an inspiration to those citizens of High Prairie who see a problem, mull it over for a time and finally decide that they are going to recruit some like-minded citizens and do something,” Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox says.
“These are projects that citizens are proud of and successfully supported by businesses that step up and donate to it.”

Words were also given from Big Lakes County.

“The park was a great improvement to the town when it was first created and the rejuvenation project exceeds that,” Reeve Ken Matthews says.

Funding of $19,800 from the provincial Community Facility Enhancement Program supported the project.

Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee also expressed words of thanks in a letter read by Beautification chair Verna Ogg.

“Community groups step up to meet the needs of friends, neighbours and those who they may never even know,” Larivee says.
“Amenities like a beautiful park space help make this community one where people want to live, work and raise their children.”

Long says she was inspired to revive the park by Mary Dlugosz, who was seen watering the flowers in the early years of the park.

Long further thanked all the partners in the project. Major partners included:

* ATCO Electric.
* Town of High Prairie, including the sesquicentennial committee.
* High Prairie Forest Products.
* Royal Purple Elks.
* High Prairie Legion.
* Big Lakes County.
* Joe Quartly Trucking.
* Reimer Foundations.
* Rick Fisher.
* Helen Henderson.
* TD Canada Trust.
* Kody Calhoon and Eric Miller of TruTech Construction, who made the gazebo.
* David Henderson of Rock and Water FX with Frank Linteris of NCL Welding who built the tables.

Students from the E.W. Pratt High School art class painted murals and the Grade 4 classes of High Prairie Elementary School and St. Andrew’s School planted the red and white flowers provided by both Christie’s Gardens and Greenhouses, and Flower Frenzy.

The table including a cribbage board is popular. Linda Koesveld, left, plays against Sharon Cox. Standing at back. left-right, are Michelle Duffy, Helen Henderson and Don Ebbett.
Newly-rejuvenated MacIntyre Park helps beautify downtown High Prairie.
Bobby Dlugosz, left, son of Mary Dlugosz, admires the flowers like his mother did years ago. Trish Long stands beside him.

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