Federal government helping fund two commemorative projects in Oil Springs

Nearly $30,000 in funding will support Oil Springs 150th anniversary

The Village of Oil Springs is receiving a total of $29,800 in funding for two projects under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program.

MP Pat Davidson announced the support on Friday.

“This is an important milestone for the Village of Oil Springs,” said Davidson. “With this investment, residents will have an opportunity to come together and celebrate it, as well as have a lasting reminder of their past. I am very pleased that the Government of Canada was able to contribute to this important historical anniversary and I wish Oil Springs and its residents the best on this significant occasion.”

Larry Wagner, who sits on the Village Council, said the grant money will help create a legacy project at the municipal park.

“(It) will pay tribute to the 150 years of mayors/reeves who kept this municipality moving forward to where we are today,” said Wagner.

Funding of $12,500 is being provided through the BCAH program’s Legacy Fund component to help transform an existing park into a historical community garden. In addition to this, $17,300 is being provided through the BCAH program’s Community Anniversaries component for 150th Birthday Celebration activities.

The historical community garden will include a stone monument with a bronze plaque outlining the municipality’s history, an etched portrait of the first mayor and two curved benches.

The Birthday Celebration activities will be held throughout the year and will include musical performances and historical re-enactments.

The BCAH program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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