Lacombe Legion Sunset Campground
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The named camping areas honour two Legion members; Cecil Proudfoot and Jack Kanngiesser, and Legion supporter Bill Carroll. The three areas are called the Carroll, Proudfoot and Kanngiesser areas. These far-sighted individuals contributed many hours in planning, volunteer time and financial support in the formation of this popular facility.The Branch and the community thank them for their contribution!Many members from the Lacombe Branch also donated their time in the construction of this Campground. It was a co-operative effort by all!Drop in and meet the Sunset Legion Campground caretakers, Darienne and Brian DrinkwalterBring the family! It's there for you to enjoy.
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.
3 stagesAddendum 1988( President Bill Dorn )Four years ago on July 28, 1984, the original campground, with 30 nicely treed lots, was opened in a most impressive ceremony with the Honourable Peter Trynchy, Minister of Parks and Recreation, our M.L.A. Ron Moore, high Legion officials Hugh Greene and Peter Morrison, and local civic officials in attendance. This section was known as the Carroll Section, who was the previous landowner.Two years later on July 26, 1986 the Proudfoot Section was opened. This section was so named, not only because of sizeable personal donations, but also for his many years of dedicated service to Lacombe Legion #79. This added 38 additional sites to those already existing.
Now about two years later, we are gathered here to open the third and perhaps final section of the Sunset Legion Campground, which will add many additional sites to those already existing.
Looking back over the short span of the 6 or 7 years, when not even a road existed, great things have happened. To date, we have over a hundred excellent sites each equipped with its own individual camp stove. Water is available nearbv, and a central camp kitchen is for the convenience of all campers. Toilets are easily accessible to all sites. There is a boat launch area, kiddies' playgrounds, horseshoe pits and day picnic areas.
This campsite did not just happen. It involved long range planning on the part of many individuals, and local and provincial governments. When it comes to recognizing the labour and input of individuals, it is difficult to remember everyone who contributed.
It was a deserving feather in Vern Kamlah's hat to have the first section opened during his term as President. The Proudfoot Section was opened during Comrade Martin Kaufmann's term and finally, this new section is being opened during my term,-a fact that makes me very proud, indeed.
Thanks must go to many individuals: the volunteers who spent many days cutting, piling, burning and cleaning up sites. We remember the work done by Carl Glenn, the Whittakers, the Suters and so many others.
Remember our first caretakers, Orville and Opal Saunders. A special remembrance goes to our late Comrade, Jim Deardoff. He was a dedicated worker and will be sorely missed.
During the past several years, work and management of the campground has been progressing smoothly under the watchful eyes and dedicated care of Doreen and Jack Kanngeisser.
Our Legion-sponsored campground, of which we are all very proud, could not be in existence today if it were not for the foresight of our Comrade Jack. Away back while still employed with the County of Lacombe, Jack visualized the particular area as a potential campground. Because of his knowledge of the area, and because of his drive and dedication, and his ability to get along with people and get the cooperation of individuals and governments, we have this magnificent facility here today. I'm sure that no better choice of name could possibly have been made, and I know that you all agree that this third section should be called the Kangeisser Section of Sunset Campground!