Council's September meeting in Grande Prairie gave
councillors a chance to learn about the booming community
in the Peace River Branch region. Top left, Coun.
John Moldon, P.Eng., PhD, checks out one of the myriad
of forestry, agricultural, and oil and gas equipment
jobs under way at Risley Manufacturing. Beside him,
at right, is Dr. Hasan S. Rizvi, P.Eng., one of the
company's designers for a product line of feller-bunchers.
Reg Isley, an honorary member of APEGGA, is the innovator
behind the major Grande Prairie employer. Top right,
he speaks during a pre-Council dinner. Right, a scene
from within Muskokeepi Park in Grande Prairie.
The linear park runs through the heart of Grande
Prairie, along Bear Creek. And inset, Deputy Mayor
Gerry Mazer addresses the dinner. Grande Prairie has
nearly reached the 40,000 population mark, he said,
and has a trading area of more than 250,000 people.
The city is a northwest hub, regularly drawing shoppers
from Dawson Creek and Fort St. John in B.C. Grande
Prairie "keeps on growing and getting better,"
Mr. Mazer said.