Stettler resident Ethel Williams cut the ribbon to mark the refurbishment of the Stettler Community Recreation Track on Sept. 20th. Williams had gifted a donation towards the resurfacing to celebrate her 99th birthday this year. Mark Weber/Black Press News Services

Students and community gather to celebrate past and future of Stettler track

On Sept. 20, some of the community members participated in the grand reopening of the Stettler Community Recreation Track.

Present were Shared-Use Recreational Facilities (SURF) Committee members who commemorated the grand reopening with a ceremony that spoke to the significant past and reinvigorated future of the facility.

The committee is comprised of representatives from the Town of Stettler, County of Stettler, and Clearview Public Schools. Students, stakeholders, and members of the public also gathered to partake in the event, along with community speakers.

Master of Ceremonies, Clearview Public Schools Board Chair Greg Hayden, acknowledged the efforts of the SURF Committee who instigated and oversaw the project. The track received a state-of-the-art, UV resistant rubberized surface, which is expected to prolong the lifespan of the track considerably.

Town of Stettler councillor and member of the SURF Committee, Malcolm Fischer, addressed the history of the track and its use during the 1991 Alberta Summer Games, stating “the centerpiece of our legacy is this beloved track.” Coun. Ernie Gendre added that the renovated track is the result of “a community that is not afraid to collaborate.”

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