Nose Creek Regional Park | Photo via City of Airdrie Website
ALBERTA, Can. – A popular venue for Filipino events in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, will soon be the next venue where a Rizal Monument will be built and dedicated to the community, the Vancouver Philippines Consulate General has announced.
Filipino sculptor Toym Imao made a three-foot bust of the Philippines’ national hero, which will form part of the monument. The Nose Creek Regional Park is one of Airdrie’s many attractions. It offers 20 acres of stunning natural area in the heart of the downtown core.
According to the City of Airdrie’s website, Nose Creek Regional Park is a “newly enhanced family oriented park boasts of an amphitheater, concession area and fire pit. The space also offers picnic tables, a covered shelter and nature trails, making it an appealing location for many community events. Nose Creek pond also stocks trout twice over the summer months and offers fishing as an option to spend some family time.”
The Rizal Monument Project is the PCG’s biggest cultural diplomacy project conceived in cooperation with the Airdrie City Council and the Filipino Airdrie Association (FAA). Consul General Zaldy Patron proposed it initially in June 2019 to Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown. The project was subsequently endorsed by Jun Martin, FAA president, in July 2020 to get the approval process going.
After a series of meetings with Consul General (Con Gen) Patron, Mayor Brown, the Airdrie City Council, and the Community Services Advisory Board of Airdrie, the City Council approved the project during its meetings in March and April.
“We are thankful to the Airdrie City Council and the FAA for partnering with the PCG [Philippine Consulate General] to realize this historic project and to all the businesses, Filipino community organizations, and individuals that are supporting the project,” Con Gen Patron said in a statement. “The Rizal Monument will be a tribute to all the hardworking Filipinos in Alberta, which hosts the second largest Filipino population in Canada, and will be a source of pride for the whole Filipino community.”
Mayor Brown welcomed the addition of Rizal’s Monument to the “beloved Nose Creek Regional Park.” “We are very proud and pleased to announce our support for a community project that recognizes and celebrates Airdrie’s unique Filipino heritage,” he said.
Meanwhile, Martin said the FAA is “honored to work with the PCG and the Airdrie City Council for the construction of the Rizal Monument in Airdrie, where there is a growing Filipino community.” The construction of the monument is expected to be completed in October this year. (JD/PDM)