A Long Time Coming: Coultice Park a Reality
By Charlene Jones
The past met the present and predicted the future on Saturday June 17th at the former Wagon Wheel Ranch on Ninth Line. Many faces reflecting our community gathered to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony, the grand opening of Coultice Park. These faces showed the history of our area, and as one person said “This park has been in the works at least 15 years.”
Councillor Maurice Smith spoke to the same theme, beginning and ending his short talk with the words “It has been a long time coming.”
Natalie Coultice-Matthews description of her father’s past, his beginnings as a chicken farmer, his short stint as chinchilla farmer and his destiny as horse ranch owner created waves of sympathy from the crowd. It was Jim Coultice’s vision to leave a legacy for the future.
Looking around at children exploring the gym equipment, teenagers sauntering in small packs through the crowd, the parents, grandparents and elders of our community for whom this park has been a dream it is clear: Jim Coultice’s vision has left us all richer by far.
It’s a gift that will keep giving for a long time coming.