The legacy continues
In 1980, Mayor Boersma and his council built the dyke system along the Elk River to protect the Annex residents from floods, now the trail on the Annex Dyke (Emily Brydon Trail) is used hourly by generations of residents no matter how long they call Fernie home. It is Fernie’s version of the Vancouver Sea-Wall. Mayor Shatosky and his council had the vision to help expand the Fernie golf course from nine holes to 18 holes for the local residents and now hundreds enjoy the magnificent course each year. Mayor Mulholland and his Council built the Fernie Aquatic Centre for the local residents and now the facility is used by families and generations of individuals for pleasure and healthy lifestyles. Mayor Cutts and her council established the north-end commercial district for residents, neighbours and visitors and now there are new shopping and eating choices for all and the very busy Maiden Lake and adjacent trails for enjoyment of all ages. Mayor Macnair and his council took the initiative to revitalize Second Avenue and now, I believe, every citizen and resident (and Disney Films) are so proud of Fernie’s iconic main street. Our main street and shopping is Fernie’s advantage to attract new families over relocating to Sparwood and Elkford. In the past three years, about 100 babies per year were born in Fernie and these 300 new citizens will be raised in Fernie. Besides the Miner’s Walk, what did this council leave as a legacy for these new residents and the next generations just as past Mayors and Councils had left? In the next three years, families may choose Fernie just like families and individuals who have immigrated to Fernie in the last 110 years. What will the next Mayor and Council leave as their legacy for the new babies, taxpayers and all citizens?
Mike Delich Fernie, BC