Where is the rocket now? Did anyone save photos?
I am very proud to be born and raised here in Red Deer.
When you live in one place your whole life, there are certain things that can always let you relive happy memories of growing up.
As a youngster, there was nothing cooler than playing at Kin Kanyon, there once was a log-type fort where we kids could have a realistic cowboys and Indians adventure (or should I say cowboys and native Canadians?).
But better than that was that crazy rocket mounted high on a hill that was once part of a railroad. At the top of the rocket you could look all over the park. You could pretend you just landed and were making a emergency exit via the second level stainless steel slide.
I would visit the rocket time to time and in the 1980s I got to take my own children there to play.
When I found out the rocket was being taken down I feared it would be turned into scrap, so I called the Parks Department to inquire if it could be bought and saved. I was told that some one in the Parks Department had spoken for it.
I would like to think the rocket still exist in someone’s backyard. Should the Red Deer Parks Department have some paper work on this?
I believe the city should have relocated it as a piece of Red Deer’s history or at the very least had a pictorial taken before it was dismantled.
I look forward to making a visit to the Red Deer museum to see their display as I fondly remember my last visit to the 2-11 Drive In to watch the original Waking Tall.
Kudos to whoever had the foresight to save the 2-11 signs.
Red Deer County