The City of Fernie has received just over $33,000 in legacy funding for the Miners’ Walk exhibit.
Representing the Fernie Miners’ Walk Committee, Mike Pennock presented the City with a cheque for $33,134.63 at a council meeting held on January 28. The funds will go towards continued maintenance of the exhibit.
A project that was originally proposed in 2004, the Miners’ Walk was unveiled in the fall of 2011. The exhibit celebrates the past, present, and future of coal mining in Fernie. It tells the story of significant players in the industry and describes the geology and natural history of the area.
Located on City Hall grounds, the Miners’ Walk features a walking path, gardens, monuments, and plaques. The majority of the work was carried out and created by local suppliers.
“Whether it was the concrete work, or the metal work that Fernie Forge did, the gardening, or electrical work, it’s amazing the amount of skilled people and companies we have in this community,” commented Pennock. “I think we should be quite pleased with that, I know I am.”
Mayor and council thanked the Miners’ Walk Committee for the legacy funding that will help keep the exhibit maintained.
“Thank you to the City of Fernie and all the staff that helped us, but especially this committee because without them this wouldn’t have happened,” said Mayor Mary Giuliano. “It’s great to see something there after all the years and hard work that were put into making it happen.”