Excerpts from the Lacombe Globe August 1, 1984
The Lacombe Legion Campground opened on July 28 with the fanfare of a Lacombe Legion colour guard, bagpipes, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a helicopter-landing by one of the invited guests.
Alberta Minister of Recreation and Parks, Mr. Peter Trynchy, MLA, flew via helicopter to the new Legion Sunset Campground on the west shore of Gull Lake, about ten kilometres north of Bentley. Mr. Trynchy praised the work of the Lacombe Legion and the County of Lacombe in completing the campsite, built through the Provincial Government's new 'Small Campground Grant Program', volunteer organizations and its members. Mr. Trynchy said the Legion project is part of a growing list of successful campgrounds built through the program.
Joining the Legion members to officially open the grounds were Lacombe MLA, Ron Moore (a Lacombe Legion member) and County of Lacombe Reeve, Jim Scott. Master of Ceremonies for the opening was Vern Kamlah, President of the Lacombe Branch.
The campground was developed after the County of Lacombe granted rezoning approval. Chairman of the committee in charge of the project was Legion member, Jack Kanngiesser.
In addition to group and day-use areas, the campgrounds include 35 overnight camping stalls. The entire area is about 55 acres, including room to expand to 65 campsites.
The campground includes a boat launch, an enclosed camp kitchen, a playground and horseshoe pits; in addition to other features.
Providing money was the "easy part," the Minister said. More credit belongs to the Legion, the County and volunteers for making the campground a reality. Mr. Moore said the campground development is proof that volunteerism in society is being revived. He called the $100,000 grant a "little role" of government in the development.