Knie Park Playground to be Dedicated on July 16

New playground in Suntree named after Leduc community founder.

 Residents are invited to celebrate the opening of a new playground in Suntree on Saturday, July 16 from 11am to 2pm. The event will include a short dedication ceremony to the Knie family plus a free barbeque and various children’s activities.
 A community playground build planned for this project on June 18 was cancelled today due to the logistical and safety issues of constructing pylon-supported equipment on water-saturated soils.  Instead, the new playground will be safely assembled by a contractor in July when soil conditions dry.
 The new playground in Suntree was officially named Kinie Park by city council this week in recognition of the many contributions of the Knie family that lived in the Leduc area for many generations.
 The Knie family was a very active part of the community. Adolph Knie was a well-known blacksmith and town councilor. Walter Knie (Adolph’s son) was very active in community sports, especially as a curler and ice maker at the local curling club.  Walter was also a board member with the Leduc Recreation Board and the Leduc Golf and Country Club.  Walter believed strongly in the importance of community building, stressed the importance of recreation and encouraged Leduc’s parks to be enjoyed by all. Darrell Knie (Walter’s son) lived his entire life in the Leduc area as a respected farmer, curling ice technician and volunteer with many community organizations including the Peace Lutheran church .
 The Knie Park playground project is the culmination of an innovative, citizen engagement campaign by the City of Leduc that began this past January. Three new communities in Leduc were asked to compete for online votes to help determine which community should get a playground this year.  The community of Suntree received the most votes.  Citizens were then engaged online to help select (from a list of options) where they wanted the new playground to be built in Suntree.  Citizens (including kids) were then consulted in the selection of playground equipment. Citizens were then asked for suggestions to name the new park space, in accordance with the city’s park-naming policy.
 Knie Park will be Leduc’s 18th playground. Residents interested in more information about this project can call (780) 980-7177.

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