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Slave Lake, Alberta ---- Slave Lake Council voted Tuesday night to officially rename the South West Quadrant Park.
With the decision at the September 4th Council Meeting the South West Quadrant Park will hence forth be named the Barton Park after two prominent community members in Slave Lake, Wendy and Dennis Barton.
Councillor Shawn Gramlich, the council representative to the naming committee stated that the name dedication was to honour a family who has given so much to the Slave Lake community, “This gesture, of having a park named after them, is a just a small token of appreciation we as a town can do for all of the contributions the Bartons have given to this great community.”
Councillor Gramlich added that the Bartons have been prominent members of the community and their legacy of community spirit and dedication will live on in this community into the future, “The Bartons are a staple of Slave Lake and this dedication will ensure their legacy of giving back to the community lives on for future generations.”
Earlier in the year, the Town of Slave Lake asked residents for submissions on a new name for the quadrant park, and residents submitted a range of potential names for the park.
Harry Bartlett, a member of the Naming Committee, said that there were 20 submissions to the committee but when the Bartons name came up it stood out, “Both Wendy and Dennis have contributed to the Town of Slave Lake, and they didn’t do it for personal gain, but only to support the community that they live in.”
“When coming to a final decision on the name of the South West Park, our committee wanted to stay with the theme of Pioneers of Slave Lake,” Bartlett continued.
Bartlett pointed to Schurter Park (Named after Charles Schurter), Hilda Eben Park, Stu Lafoy Way, as prime examples of pioneers whose contributions have been recognized by Slave Lake. “The Bartons are Slave Lake,” he added.
Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman stated the Bartons have made huge contributions to the Slave Lake Region, “ (Wendy and Dennis) have always felt strongly about supporting this community and its people. With the naming of this Park in their honour, our community has a huge opportunity to say thank you for their numerous contributions over the years.”
Dennis Barton and Wendy Barton were business owners from 1965 to 2002, owning and operating Barton Drugs. They were members of the Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce, and both active in Slave Lake Softball. Both Wendy and Dennis have been active in horse racing around Alberta in recent years.
Dennis was elected as MLA for Lesser Slave Lake from 1971 to 1975, and Wendy was elected as a High Prairie School Board Trustee, and is an active member of the Slave Lake Rotary Club.