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Outdoor activities expanded in Carstairs including walking trails

Fire pits, picnic tables set up at campground and outdoor rink

CARSTAIRS - The Town of Carstairs is working to provide residents with more opportunities to take part in outdoor activities in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the town's chief administrative officer.

“We are trying to find more areas for the community to be active, especially with the new restrictions coming down,” said Carl McDonnell. “We hope people can get outside and enjoy it.

“We’ve opened up the golf course for walking trails. There are two different walking trails. People can stop in (at town office) to get a map or get one online.”

The town will also be putting in a number of outdoor ice rinks as soon as the weather allows, he said.

At the campground, as well as the outdoor rink there will be fire pits and picnic tables set up, he said.

Other rinks were be set up on the west side of town and at the rodeo grounds.

Museum update given

Meanwhile, during the Nov. 23 council meeting, Carstairs Heritage Centre officials presented an update on the museum activities and presented the proposed 2021 budget.

The 2021 budget calls for total income of $84,729, including $50,129 from the Town of Carstairs, $6,000 from Mountain View County, and $10,000 from Museums Alberta.

Council accepted the presentation as information and will be considering the budget request during upcoming deliberations, he said. 

Also during the recent council meeting, councillors recognized two longtime retiring employees: Daryl Fox, a 32-year employee at the arena, and Doug Beckner, a 23-year employee with the outdoor department. Other long-term employees also received longtime service awards.