Photo: Megan Macphee

Spooner Park

Photo credit: Ali Hadikin

Program Overview

Rick Spooner Memorial Park, often referred to as Spooner Park, is a Cranbrook park located on 17 Ave N. The park had been under the care of Mainstreams since 2012 and was inherited by Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook upon their retirement. 

At Spooner Park, we focus on mitigating the growth of invasive species and preserving the riparian area on the Joseph Creek shoreline. The park is also conveniently situated by Mount Baker Secondary School, offering students the opportunity to learn about water science including stream ecology and watersheds, water monitoring methods, and planting vegetation.

 

Program Opportunities

Care of the park is done by generous volunteers. We plan to host weed pulls, education events, and planting events at Spooner Park in the spring and fall of 2024.

If you have questions about getting involved, please contact Christel Hagn: kimcranapples@wildsight.ca.

Volunteer with us! 

Photo credit: Megan MacPhee, Stewart Wilson

Park History

On August 20, 1998, the park formerly known as the Associated Canadian Travellers (ACT) Park was renamed as ACT Rick Spooner Memorial Park in honour of their late past club president, Rick Spooner (1927-1998). Having moved to Cranbrook with his wife Dora in 1955, Rick dedicated a great deal of his time to creating the community as we know it today. Alongside his day-to-day role as Manager of the Cranbrook Mall, Rick was Citizen of the Year in 1975 and Chairman of Sam Steele Days (now known as Spirit of the Rockies) — having organized the fireworks shows from 1967 to 1997. A list of Rick’s community involvement includes, but is in no way limited to:

  • Organized Sportsman Dinners as fundraisers for the Cranbrook Royals Booster Club
  • Officer and Chairman of the ACT, having built the bathtub used by the Cavemen to raise funds
  • Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Chairman of the Group of Service Clubs organized to raise funds for the first indoor swimming pool
  • While manager of the Cranbrook Mall he started the Santa Claus parade
  • 1973 Citizenship Award by the City of Cranbrook for his years as Co-Chairman, Chairman, and Director of the Sam Steele Citizens Committee

Ultimately, all of Rick’s efforts led to him receiving a Certificate of Merit from the Government of Canada in 1988 in recognition of his contributions to the Cranbrook we now call home. To this day, Dora, their daughters Lynn and Judy, and their families enjoy spending time in Rick Spooner Memorial Park celebrating their father.

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Thanks to the Regional District of East Kootenay, the Province of British Columbia, and
Columbia Basin Trust for funding support in 2023!

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Upcoming Kimberley Cranbrook events

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Tim Chapman will be speaking about the importance of connecting youth with the environment by empowering skillset growth through working with partners from environmental and community-based organizations to address change locally.

Seedy Sunday Kimberley

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Whether you're a gardening pro or just starting to get your hands dirty, there is much to be shared, so join us for Seedy SUNDAY to plan for the upcoming growing season and to connect, exchange, and learn!

Forest and Nature School: Winter 2024 Programs

January 5 - March 12, 2024

Using play-based, child-led, emergent curriculum, young explorers are offered time and space to build, play, and engage with one another. With regular and repeated access to nature across every season the children become the magic themselves, showing us what an amazing teacher nature is herself.

Spring Camp Odyssey 2024

March 20 - March 28, 2024

Yes, you better believe it — we are hosting a spring break version of Camp Odyssey! 

Co-Community Cleanup 2024

Saturday, April 20, 2024

This all-ages event is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors, team up with family and friends, and do your part to give Cranbrook and Kimberley a spring clean.

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Join The Team

Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.

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Branch Information

Contact

97 Wallinger Ave
Kimberley, BC V1A 1Y6

Office Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (by appointment only)
Phone: 250-427-2535

kimcran@wildsight.ca