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In the early 1990s a group of Fairmount Home employees had a dream to turn an old sandpit behind Fairmount into a space for all to enjoy. A small group of employees decided that the old sandpit behind the home needed to become something that could actually be of use, not only for the residents but for the staff and community at large.
The group started their fundraising as soon as possible. They managed to raise approximately $90,000 with a lot of help from community members, service clubs and through selling Nevada tickets. They also applied for and received a generous government grant.
The first phase consisted of approximately one kilometre of walkways. Eventually they put in BBQ pits, gazebos, and horseshoe pits to make the path a bit more interesting. They planted many trees and plants and also fixed the drainage and deepened existing ponds to promote fish.
The pathway continues to be enjoyed by many people looking for a leisurely stroll, a vigorous workout, or simply a time to reflect and enjoy nature. Staff, residents, community members, and canine visitors utilize the pathway on a daily basis. While just under one kilometer long, there are plenty of rest spots with benches, picnic tables, and gazebos along the route. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic and enjoy this bit of nature in our very own backyard!
The entrance to the pathway is marked on the back driveway into Fairmount by a sign indicating Roger Candy Park, and its circular design brings you back out just a few yards south of this point.
Staff at Fairmount can provide a walkie-talkie if you have any concerns venturing on this lovely paved pathway with a Fairmount resident.
Enjoy your outing and if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement please let us know. Input is always appreciated!
Donations to the pathways are essential to maintain the tranquil setting we have created. They help increase accessibility for our residents, repair uneven pavement for safety when walking and comfort in wheelchairs, repair or replace benches and gazebos, and provide shelters for our residents. Click here to make a donation to support Roger Candy Memorial Park.
The pathway is just shy of one kilometre long and can be walked in 10 minutes at a very brisk pace, or turned into an afternoon outing stopping at benches, gazebos, and watching water-life in the ponds!