Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Come Hell or High Water...

 
 
This is a picture of Stampede Park in Calgary after the June floods in Southern Alberta.  Many areas in and around Calgary were devastated.  But...
 

because of the thousands of volunteers, neighbours helping neighbours and the sheer determination of gritty folks to overcome this sodden disaster, Calgary is slowly returning to normal.


 Because of so many dedicated individuals, this is what Stampede Park looks like today...


Isn't it great?! Isn't it a miracle?!

There has been some criticism over the quick clean-up of Stampede Park so that the "The Greatest Show on Earth" could proceed as scheduled.  Some individuals were appalled when there are so many folks left without homes or businesses.  This is true and...

undeniably, thousands of people were affected by this tragedy and it could be argued that the restoration of Stampede Park should be put on hold.  But, I agree with the decision to do everything possible to carry on with the biggest party in Cowtown! 

People need this shindig...vacations are planned around the Stampede...folks become exuberant and excited...the city opens their welcoming arms to Stampede visitors all over the world.

This year Calgary needed to not only celebrate the Stampede, but pay tribute to every neighbour, friend and stranger whose tenacity, determination and sheer doggedness stood up to and tackled the floods headfirst.  It will still be an extensive recovery for Calgarians long after the Stampede celebrations are over, but...

donja think it's a heck of a way to get started?

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Tha..tha...that's all folks!