Well done Pelz

In a tough economy be extra thankful for your existing assets.

In a tough economy be extra thankful for your existing assets.

I would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to the city and to City Hall Park foreman, Joe Pelz.

By accident I stumbled across the City Hall Gardens on a sunny day this past June. I was rushing through Red Deer and stopped for a quick pick up downtown. I stepped out of my car and was immediately captured by the perfume in the air.

I looked around to see where it was coming from, and, wow, I was overwhelmed by my first glimpse of the gardens – their beauty and scope!

I am deeply thankful I found it, because those gardens have brought me, my family and friends (from across the province) back four times over the summer. We have wandered, breathed, taken photos, sat in the sun, and searched for Pokemans.

On a summer of tighter finances and people staying closer to home, the secret of these beautiful gardens and the blocked off treatment of the adjoining street makes Red Deer a Canadian leader in providing its citizens with awesome staycations.

I had occasion in the past to admire the wonderful job you have done of your river banks, the gardens and ponds at the civic centre, and this just lifted the way you see and position your city to a whole new level.

Each time we turned off the QE2 and came to the garden it was filled with people wandering, sunbathing, picnicking, recreating themselves. It must be the pinnacle of your city’s green pillar.

Make a splash with Alberta Tourism, share the hidden treasure you have created downtown, so that others can make a trek to sit and soak in all that beauty, health and well being.

I made inquires of some friends and I understand Joe Pelz is the genius and the heart and the strong back behind building this garden. Joe, thank you for the gift of your imagination. The folks of Red Deer must be so proud and appreciative for your contribution.

Barbara Thrasher, Calgary

Just Posted

Updated: Red Deer policeman denies telling woman she had a ‘nice body,’ sex assault trial hears

RCMP officer on trial for sexual assault while carrying a weapon and breach of trust

Source of gasoline smell in north Red Deer still unknown

City staff continue to work with industrial company

Some central Alberta businesses pledge to pay youth $15 ahead of wage cut that kicks in Wednesday

Jo(e) Social Media Inc. and Kavaccino’s pledge to pay youth more than $13 an hour

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth, sets Canadian space record

LONGUEUIL, Que. — David Saint-Jacques returned to Earth on Monday after more… Continue reading

Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on 10th death anniversary

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s estate paid tribute to his artistry and… Continue reading

Online shopping leads to mountains of boxes

As online shopping becomes ubiquitous, so do the boxes delivered to homes… Continue reading

Get tested for HIV on Thursday

Red Deer residents can take part in the second annual national HIV… Continue reading

Skinny Vancouver Whitecaps eager to pick up points on four-game road swing

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps know there’s work to be done as… Continue reading

World Cup exit shows Canada will miss the remarkable Christine Sinclair

PARIS — Christine Sinclair has put Canadian soccer on her shoulders for… Continue reading

Police release more than 1,000 files from Smollett probe

Chicago police on Monday released more than 1,000 files from the investigation… Continue reading

Tributes to Michael Jackson flow on 10th death anniversary

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s estate paid tribute to his artistry and… Continue reading

Alberta government, Opposition swap accusations, attacks in earplug debate

EDMONTON — Alberta’s earplug debate got louder Monday as the Opposition NDP… Continue reading

Most Read