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Community day a success at
Monte Vista Mobile Home Park
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Ezra Black Photo
On July 4, organizers Chuck Saindon, Walter Haines, Emile Savage (in the kitchen) and Joe Conway held a community day at the Hillcrest trailer park for about three dozen residents.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
“I’ve seen a lot of mobile home parks in B.C. and Alberta and this is one of the best,” said Karen Pickett, resident of Monte Vista Mobile Home Park in Hillcrest. “Here everyone is friendly.”
On July 4, organizers Walter Haines, Joe Conway, Emile Savage and Chuck Saindon held a community day at the Hillcrest trailer park for about three-dozen residents.
“I barbecue on a regular basis so I thought it would be nice to have the whole trailer park out,” said Haines “It might be an annual thing. I think it could be the way it’s turned out.”
The event featured ladder toss, free food and good times as Savage and Saindon manned the community kitchen and supplied a steady stream of burgers, fries and dogs.
Park owner Ralph Tiegan built the first phase of the now 80-unit mobile home park back in 1977.
“So I’m giving away my age, I was 21-years old at the time,” said Tiegan.
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“I lived on the West Coast back then and I moved here with my older brother and we did this project. At that time I didn’t view the Crowsnest Pass as where I wanted to be at that age. I was planning to be here for six months and my worst fear was that I’d be here for a year. Of course all these years later it’s become home to me.”
Monte Vista is built atop the original Hillcrest mine tipple site and contained all kinds of remnants from the mine including rail cars and tracks when Tiegan purchased the property.
It has since been recognized by the Oldman Regional Planning Commission as a model for a well-planned community and has been toured by other park owners for design ideas.
Not bad for a former tipple site.
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