Pergola planned for junction in Stettler

A small park with a pergola and landscaping for the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56 will be developed this year to help beautify the major local intersection.

This is how it is to look like  – The planned pergola is thought to significantly improve the appearance of the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56.

This is how it is to look like – The planned pergola is thought to significantly improve the appearance of the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56.

A small park with a pergola and landscaping for the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56 will be developed this year to help beautify the major local intersection.

At its regular meeting March 2, Town of Stettler approved the project at a cost estimated just under $15,000 as presented by Lee Penner, director of Stettler parks and leisure services.

”We want to proceed with the park this year,” said Mayor Dick Richards.

Although Penner requested capital funding for 2011, Councilor Leona Thorogood suggested that council approve the funding for this year.

“If we can have funding to do it this year, let’s get it done,” said Thorogood, noting that this project will significantly enhance the appearance of the junction.

Since the old A-framed tourist information building was removed form the southeast corner of the intersection last year, council requested a plan to beautify the site.

As a result, Penner has proposed a pergola, defined as a structure usually consisting of parallel colonnades supporting an open roof of girders and cross rafters.

“At the Heartland Beautification Committee meeting on Feb. 4, the committee voted unanimously to accept the plan presented by parks and leisure services,” said Penner.

“This plan unites much of the architecture in the town and combines green trees and shrubs with a pergola for good visibility and a calming effect at a busy intersection.”

“It represents Stettler and the park should have a heart.”

Budgeted for $14,600, the pergola would cost $10,000, with $2,500 for stone walkways, $900 for trees and shrubs, $500 for mulch and $700 for miscellaneous expenses.

For landscaping, the plan proposes Japanese tree lilac, red osier dogwoods, buffalo berry, western chokecherry, native juniper Swedish aspen and burning bush.