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New LED lights, wooden sculptures adorn Flinty's Boardwalk

The Flinty’s Boardwalk is looking different after a pair of improvements from volunteers - some planned, some not.
New LED lights have been installed at Flinty's Boardwalk (left, centre), while new wooden sculptures and art pieces (right) have appeared along the northern portion of the walkway.

The Flinty’s Boardwalk is looking different after a pair of improvements from volunteers - some planned, some not.

The trail is now adorned with new, brighter lights across the northern portion of the walkway, along with a series of art pieces that appeared nearby earlier this fall, independent of the committee tasked with looking after the trail.

Earlier this year, the Flinty’s Boardwalk Committee fundraised to replace the lights along the boardwalk with newer, brighter, more efficient LEDs, replacing the older incandescent bulbs that were previously used. The committee received funds from several sources, including the Flin Flon Neighbourhood Revitalization Corporation, the Rotary Club, Hudbay and the provincial government’s Building Sustainable Communities grant program, to conduct the work - in total, the project cost about $22,000 for labour and parts.

“One of our committee members said that the lights and their reflection in the lake look like ‘a string of pearls,’” said boardwalk committee chair Dave Price.

“They will give nocturnal wanderers a brighter and more even illumination than the old yellow sodium lights – and, of course, will draw significantly less hydropower.”

The committee and volunteers associated with it also installed new boards on the southern portion of the walkway, which can be purchased through City Hall and dedicated to friends or loved ones.

Along with the new lights came another, unplanned change for the boardwalk - the installation of several wooden carvings and sculptures along the footpath. The art pieces were first seen along the path last month and weren’t installed with the committee’s knowledge, but members are pleased to see the new art arrive on the scene.

The pieces have been installed on the trail entry near the south end of Manitoba Avenue, the access from Dominion Boulevard through the Spruce Trail and near the picnic table on the north end of the trail.

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