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Castor council approves story walk through Pals Park

And other highlights of the May 13 meeting
Town of Castor office

Castor residents walking through Pals Park will soon be able to get some reading in while they are at it.

During the May 13 council meeting, council approved the placement of a "story walk" through the community's green space. 

"It's a walk-and-read story," said Town of Castor chief administrative officer (CAO) Donna Rowland.

According to Coun Shawn Peach, who is also a library board member, separate pages of the story are mounted on weatherproof stakes that can be pushed into the ground.

The theory behind the walking story is for people to mix reading and exercise. The first page will be placed at the entrance to the park and then the subsequent pages placed throughout with walkers moving from page to page.

"It doesn't sound like it's going to make a mess," said Peach.

The library received funding for the initiative through Parkland Regional Library for the TD Summer Reading Club.

Permission to place the story in the park was granted in a motion by Deputy Mayor Kevin McDougall.

Splash Park funds

In order to keep donated funds for the proposed Castor Splash Park separate from other funds, Castor council has approved the opening of another account at a local financial institution.

While town council has not yet committed to supporting this project beyond the exploratory committee which has a Town of Castor councillor sitting on it, donations from the community have come in for it and a place is needed to hold them. 

For municipalities to open accounts, there needs to be a resolution of council.

In a motion by Coun. Don Sisson, council agreed to open a new account.

AB Municipalities

Castor will be well represented at the Alberta Municipalities fall convention. 

The convention, which runs Sept. 25-27 in Red Deer, is an opportunity for councillors and administrative staff to network with leadership from other municipalities and representatives from the provincial government.

Council has approved four councillors and two administration members to attend the event with Mayor Richard Elhard, Deputy Mayor Kevin McDougall and Coun. Cecil Yates tentatively being confirmed to represent the town.

The final list of attendees will be finalized at a subsequent meeting.




Kevin Sabo

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I’m Kevin Sabo. I’ve been a resident of the Castor area for the last 12 years and counting, first coming out here in my previous career as an EMT.
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