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REPORTING · 28th August 2011
Merv Ritchie
The new addition to Terrace, courtesy of the fine folks with the Greater Terrace Beautification Society, saw a new minor act of vandalism. This young lady was less than impressed when she saw this lying on the ground underneath an umbrella.

The umbrellas that adorn the site are almost completely made of steel and of strong metal substances. That is almost all. The last little bit, the end piece of the umbrella, the handle is wood. And right away, almost the same day these masterpieces of creativity were put up, someone pulled too hard against one. It could have been a mistake.

This entire park is an amazing reflection on what the Terrace spirit is truly made of. It was an abandoned service station site; abandoned because after decades of being used to supply Terrace with industrial needs, logging, lumber mill, servicing cars and trucks and much more, it was finally shut down and chained off with a chain link fence as a contaminated site.

It was an eyesore.

Weeds, rocks, bent wires, all in all, a disgrace in the middle of the downtown district.

Today it is a sign of what a small group of people can do, an amazing transformation.

It would be a disservice to not include everyone who participated in this effort. It was a community effort with hundreds involved from the conception of encouraging Esso to give it up to what it is today.

Terrace has under gone a transformation over the past 5 years. The City looks little like it looked when we first began reporting in 2006.

Everyone needs to take a moment and reflect on what was and what is.

The Greater Terrace Beautification Society needs to be acknowledged for all their efforts. This old abandoned Esso site is just one of many efforts they have tackled.

PS: There is a naming contest underway, it is not called "Dancing in the Rain Park" though we did use that name for the title of this story.
You can see the end of the orange umbrella is missing its wooden handle.  But the whole site looks quite nice.  Maybe some will be dancing in the rain outside of the Spirit Night Club
You can see the end of the orange umbrella is missing its wooden handle. But the whole site looks quite nice. Maybe some will be dancing in the rain outside of the Spirit Night Club
Volunteers worked hundreds of hours to make this space what it is today
Volunteers worked hundreds of hours to make this space what it is today
No matter which way the wind blows, we've got you covered.
No matter which way the wind blows, we've got you covered.
All of these stones were carried and laid by hand by volunteer effort
All of these stones were carried and laid by hand by volunteer effort
A better Terrace
Comment by Karen on 29th August 2011
What the Terrace Beautification Society has done to this downtown corner that was once a major eyesore is a huge improvement with an upbeat, whimsical feel.

I also look forward to major improvements to the old co-op lands with the domolition already started on the building. As it is impratical to hope that any form of development will occur there for some time I would love to see the grounds turned to an organized combination of parking and lawn.

I would like to see all abandoned, or in the process of remediation, properties cleaned up with, at the very least, a manicured lawn. Of course this would be at the expense of the property owners. Residential property owners are required to keep up a certain level of attractiveness, why not commercial entities?

Such a policy would make our Beautification Societies' efforts that much effective. There could even be a business prospect here creating local employment.

DANCING IN THE RAIN PARK
Comment by Marylin Davies on 28th August 2011
Congratulations to all who worked so hard to finally make a delightful and whimsical stopping place in the middle of downtown Terrace.
I personally like the umbrellas it celebrates that we live in a rainforest and life goes on with a smile on our faces. We are a hardy group that a little rain doesn't stop.
I even like Dancing in the Rain Park.
Well done, Beautification Society and thank you