JSMP Update – Exciting Developments

Thanks to its designation as a regional park, the Jamie Soule Memorial Park is receiving tremendous support from Area A Director, Mark Pendergraft. The first stage in future development is the installation of a permanent outhouse. Excavation and installation is anticipated to take place next month. We’ll be inviting volunteers to help with swamping (assisting excavator with digging and leveling), tamping, and other general tasks. Stay tuned for more information on dates.

Even more exciting news! Mark Pendergraft has informed the JSMP Working Group that there will be significantly more RDOS funding available for additional infrastructure projects at the park in 2024. Responses gathered from the May 2023 park survey are helping direct decision-making regarding this opportunity.

Meet-Up Every Tuesday @ 9:00am at JSMP!

Jamie Soule Memorial Park Meet-up Every Tuesday @ 9 AM

There was quite a mountain menagerie that met on Tuesday to visit and get acquainted. Neighbours from Sasquatch, Bull Moose, Eagle, Falcon and Mule Deer enjoyed the cool shade and lively conversation. Head over to 105 Sasquatch Trail on any given Tuesday morning and connect with familiar friends or meet someone new.

Contributed by Wendy Shah, JSMP Committee Member

Jamie Soule Memorial Park Event!

Enjoy our Beautiful Memorial Park & Save the Clean-up Date – Sunday, August 7, 2022 

The wonderful natural beauty of our Jamie Soule Memorial Park is the perfect place for quiet solitude or for gathering with friends and family to enjoy a coffee and conversation or a tasty picnic lunch. Sit and relax on the park benches overlooking the peaceful pond, perch on our locally constructed picnic tables or bring your own seating.

The park entrance is located at 105 Sasquatch Trail and has several areas for parking. A few notes:

  • There are Private Property signs to discourage park use by the general public.
  • All garbage must be packed out when you leave.
  • The closest washroom facilities are at the Highway 3 rest stop.
  • The picnic tables are still ‘curing’ and are currently sticky with sap. Bring a tablecloth or plastic to cover the table top and something to sit on unless you want a sticky bottom.
  • Consider that this is a memorial park and that there are property owners nearby, therefore please enjoy our park respectfully.
  • With all of the growth this spring, the park is looking a bit scruffy and could use some cleaning up for optimum enjoyment and fire safety.
  • A work party is planned for Sunday morning, August 7th, 2022. All helping hands (and tools) are welcome! Plan to bring a picnic lunch and visit with your neighbours. More details to come!
  • NO fires are permitted at this time

See you there!

WHAT?! Picnic Tables at Jamie Soule Memorial Park!


Have you been to the JSMP on Sasquatch yet?  Recently? If no, head up to Sasquatch, take the right-hand trail to the right of the mailboxes, and bring a picnic basket to come enjoy the new additions to the park.  Three new picnic tables, each of solid wood construction, have been situated amongst the trees alongside the pond.  

The JSMP is a unique community park where we can celebrate the memories of loved ones amidst the beauty of Anarchist.  A trail system is being developed that leads you on a nature walk through the 6-acre park.  And, of course, there is the beautiful pond. 

A lovely piece of mountain folklore is evolving about this work.  Read on …..

“Once upon a time in the land of Anarchist, in the fall of 2021, 3 Wise men were given the task of building 3 picnic tables for the Jamie Soule Memorial Park.  Ken in his wisdom called for meeting with Steve & Rudy. They went on a field trip to the land past the town of Oliver to the Donut Shrine near the new Wine Village.  There were picnic tables outside for them to gaze upon.  With coffee and treats in hand (our bad we forgot to submit the receipts) they took pictures and measurements. 

With the approval of the Supreme Council, Ken then called the Lords of the woods in the far away village of Rock Creek (The Lindquists, John and sister Tara) to mill some mighty timber.

When they called, Ken and Rudy took the long trek along gravel roads and slipped by various road agents and unknown nefarious clans and brought the logs home to Ken’s house where he hid them under tarps and stored them for the winter.

In the spring of 2022 Ken stripped the bark of the logs and sanded and cut them to size.  He then took upon the task of pre-staining the logs and boards and drilling holes  to make assembly easier. 

At the Park the 3 men cleared and leveled 3 sites for the tables with the aid of Steve’s tractor and the close supervision of Janet McNally and Sammy (Ken & Jamie’s dog) keeping guard and warding off vicious unknown animals.  Of course these sites were once again predetermined by the Supreme Council.  Concrete was mixed and placed.

When the concrete was dried the 3 men heaved and grunted and managed to get the tables on their trucks and delivered them to JSMP where they were assembled  with Sammy’s once again watchful eye. Too cold for Janet. The staining was completed during assembly and after the screw holes were filled with dowels, Ken did a final sanding and staining.

There they wait for all to use and to be amazed.”

A big round of thanks to Ken Wright, Rudy Reimer and Steve McNally for all of your dedication and hard work. Thanks to Wendy Shah who was awarded a Neighbourhood Small Grant to help in the financing of this aspect of the park with the remainder of costs paid for by AMCS.  

The Jamie Soule Memorial Park committee is always looking for new members. Feel free to contact Wendy ( wendy.shah2011@gmail.com ) if you are interested or have a few questions.

Lumber stored successfully over the winter.
Rudy and Ken hard at work.
Rudy, Steve and Ken – the 3 Wise Men.
Lots of measuring
A vision realized.