Meadowbrook residents want park, not quarry
Several hundred concerned citizens converged on Cherry Creek Falls recently to demonstrate their opposition to a proposed quarry and their support for creation of a regional park. People arrived in vehicles, on foot, on bicycles and on horseback.
The newly formed Meadowbrook Community Association had organized the “Save the Falls Picnic” but the vast majority of those attending did not reside in Meadowbrook. Many no longer live nearby but retain fond childhood memories of sliding down the Falls, learning to fish, and picnicking with their families.
RDEK Area E Director, Jane Walter, Kimberley Mayor Ron McRae, and the BC Liberal candidate in the next provincial election, Doug Clovechok, were on hand to show their support.
Director Walter stated, “The people have clearly spoken. They will not accept a quarry anywhere in the vicinity of this treasured natural attraction. They will not tolerate losing access to a prime recreation area that has been enjoyed for generations”.
The Picnic was the kickoff to the Meadowbrook Community Association’s membership drive. More than 100 individuals who want to preserve and enhance the Meadowbrook area became members by paying an annual fee of $10.00. Anyone over the age of 18 wishing to become a member is asked to leave a message at email@example.com a member of the association will be in touch.
Participants had the opportunity to review tentative proposals for the park and record their impressions and suggestions. Many also signed the guest book and expressed opinions on the issue of a quarry or park.
Kimberley City Bakery, Mark Creek Market, the Bean Tree, Wildsite, and the three butchers located in Meadowbrook: Cliff’s Meats, Gwinner’s Country Butcher, and Kimberley Sausage and Meats supplied hot dogs, smokies, sweets, soft drinks and coffee.
MCA President Bob Johnstone summed up the association’s view of the event. “The turnout and the sense of community spirit and pride were amazing. Our association extends sincere appreciation to the weather gods for the beautiful day, to our fellow citizens for their support, and to our sponsors for their community-mindedness”.