Linden Walking Path Committee receives $75,000 Grant

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Richard Marz, MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills presented a cheque to the Linden Walking Path Committee on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. On hand to receive the $75,000 grant from the Community Initiatives Program were Darwyn Moon, Mayor of Linden and Lloyd Ratzlaff, Committee member.
The walking path is a local community project, sponsored by the Linden & District Agricultural Society. The path runs east from the senior's lodge to the nursing home and is just over one mile in length with a shaded rest area erected about halfway. The path is cement to accommodate the mobility of most seniors and allows a safe path (off the road) for some out-of-door exercise as well as ease of visiting friends or loved ones in the nursing home.
The Village of Linden has agreed to commit some employee time and equipment to help keep the path snow and ice free, as circumstances permit. The idea for the path was presented to the Agricultural Society for approval about one year ago and since then, has been well received by the community.
"We have received incredible community support through donations of time, energy, equipment, and dollars," said Lloyd Ratzlaff.
This past May, the committee held a pig roast fundraiser which brought in almost $20,000 from that event and then another $34,000 soon after. The Ag Society committed $23,500 and between Kneehill County and corporate sponsors another $65,000 was raised. "In total the committee has now received $217,705 toward this project," said Lloyd.