Waskada Park

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Stories

#Over the span of his nearly 100 years he became a sailor, farmer, veterinarian, gold-panner and dedicated community worker [[inline:left:charles-sankey]] **1863—1962** Charles Sankey is undeniably one of the most colourful characters from [Waskada’s](item=waskada) history. After spending his youth adventuring, he found a small prairie community to call home. Born in Ireland in 1863, Sankey was educated by a governess until the age of twelve. His father was the manager of the Brookboro Estate, and when he died, Sankey was sent to Germany to live with his uncle. There it was decided that he would join the Merchant Marines. After training on the HMS Conway in London, his first sea voyage was to China and Australia aboard the Barque Fantasie when he was 16 years old. He touched land for only five days before being called to join the crew of the famous clipper the [Cutty Sark](article=cutty-sark). Sankey embarked on a two-year long adventure, travelling all around the world. Sankey departed from his sailing career in 1882 and went to join his family in Toronto where they had emigrated from Ireland. He soon struck out west, following his brothers to [Boissevain](item=boissevain), Manitoba where they were farming. He settled on a homestead there for a few years where he raised cattle. In 1894 he moved back to Ontario to attend the Ontario Veterinary College. He graduated with flying colours, winning the coveted Gold Medal. He began his career as a veterinarian in New York state working as an inspector for the inter-state ...

#Bringing trees and a recreational facility to a small prairie town [[inline:right:waskada-park]] **1906—Present** When [Charles Sankey](article=charles-sankey) arrived in [Waskada](item=waskada) in the fall of October 1899, the townsite was totally devoid of trees. The prairie landscape that surrounded the town was decorated only by a scattering of farmhouses. Sankey was a dedicated community worker, and in fact appointed by the municipality to look after general public interests in the town. ##The Vision of a Park On a walk south of the townsite one day, a vision presented itself to Sankey: a recreational park, surrounded by trees, with space for sports activities and community events. From this initial dream, a combination of design, tenacity and some accident brought the Waskada Park into being. The land south of the tracks was vacant, and Sankey applied to the [CPR](article=lyleton-branch) to gain use of the land. The railway company was not interested in having a town on both sides of the tracks, but agreed to sell 30 acres of land to the town to be used as a park. The down payment was paid by Sankey himself, along with a few other community members. The rest of the cost was paid by the town – a total of $900 ($30 per acre) – over the next few years. Sankey then approached Frank Temple, who owned the land around the park and arranged to trade 2.5 acres on the southeast corner, for 2.5 acres on the east end. With this extra property the complete bend of ...