Wolseley Sea Cadets
The Wolseley Sea Cadet Corps is working on two nature projects to fulfill the community service requirements of their program.
The group maintains a nautically themed flowerbed near the spillway on Richmond Street. The garden features perennial plants with a low, rope fence in the shape of an anchor. Rainy weather delayed initial progress but the cadets are looking forward to planting more perennials, incorporating additional fancy rope work, and installing a unique feature.
“On the side of this flowerbed we’ll use some old wood to make a little dock walkway going up to a ship’s wheel so it looks like you’re at the helm of a boat,” said April Dahnke, one of the corps’ officers. “People can walk up there and look like they’re sailing on the lake.”
Along with the garden, the cadets have taken responsibility for maintaining and improving the Wolseley Nature Trail in partnership with the town’s public works employees. The trailhead is located just off Front Street on the east side of town. The path follows Adair Creek and there are bat houses, purple martin houses and other birdhouses, which the cadets will clean or paint as needed. The trail has also been extended this year so that cadets can use it for athletic aspects of their program such as biathlon team training.
The corps also obtained a grant from Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation that was used to purchase two benches, a picnic table, bike rack, and garbage can. The table has seats on only three sides with one side left open since the first half of the nature trail is straight and on higher ground, making it accessible for individuals with limited mobility. The new equipment has been assembled and public works staff will help install it soon. They will also mow the path throughout the summer.
In addition to the new benches and table, the cadets are working with Marty Happy from Happy Ad Sign & Design to create new signage. This will include a trail map at the beginning, as well as a photo-op spot further along where hikers can compare their arms’ reach with the wingspans of a variety of local birds.
When the trail was originally established, smaller signs were placed along it to identify common birds and animals from the area. These markers have become weathered so the cadets plan to organize an art contest to replace them. The contest will encourage participants of all ages to submit artwork of particular wildlife.
Dahnke is optimistic that all the upgrades will be completed over the next few months, though residents and visitors are still encouraged to use the trail throughout the summer.