Ponoka town council awarded two contracts during its special meeting on June 16.
Construction of a new park space will soon begin on the one-acre lot on the old hospital lands by the new Ponoka Civic Centre.
The park design was developed with input from the Heritage and Downtown Revitalization Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee, as well as the Ponoka Rotary Club and Landrex Inc.
Five competitive bids were received, ranging from $435, 983 to $1.95 million.
Pearl Rose Construction was awarded the contract as the lowest bidder.
The project is being funded from MSI and FGT grants carried over from 2019, and other external sources.
The second contract awarded was for the Central Park construction project, and it also went to Pearl Rose Construction, as the lowest compliant bid.
Five bids were received, ranging from $221,700 to $298,700.
Coun. Carla Prediger asked who would be responsible for the foliage and the response was the contractor or sub-contractors will do all the planting.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
In the spirit of reconciliation, council voted to declare June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day, as per a request from the Ponoka Jubilee Library, Wolf Creek Public Schools and Ponoka Parent Link.