The Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Society

Box 3700 Mayerthorpe AB T0E 1N0    (780) 786-2033

New Memorial Park Logo

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The Memorial Park

Construction on the Fallen Four Memorial Park is complete. Our contractor, PCL Maxam, put the final touches on the site with the installation of the center Obelisk, June 23, 2008, and the 4 bronze statues of the Fallen Four by Don Begg, July 3, 2008.

This project presented unique challenges requiring a construction company with a solid understanding of building & landscaping systems. PCL's experienced construction teams  consistently utilized tools such as, value management, value engineering and risk management, along with budget, schedule and cost control systems tailored to ensure success on the project. The Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Society is extremely pleased with its decision to contract PCL-Maxam for the construction of the Fallen Four Memorial Park.   PCL has over 75 years of combined experience constructing projects throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories.  The Society was confident that the PCL project team assembled for the Memorial Park would ensure its successful creation.  Special thanks to PCL Maxam’s, Greg Borshneck, Construction Supervisor and Matthew Greenwood, Project Coordinator for their professionalism and dedication to this project. 

The grounds currently include a large parking lot, a day use picnic area and playground. Concrete benches and picnic tables  dot the landscaped areas and walking paths construction from recycled tire material take visitors in and around the park and up to the gazebo that offers visitor an spectacular view of the prairie sky line to the west and a picture perfect view of the Memorial Statues to the east.

Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery from Cochrane, Alberta, were contracted by the Society to create and cast the 4 life-size bronze statues of fallen officers and the bronze cap of doves in tribute to all fallen officers. Don Begg, together with his wife Shirley, own and operate Studio West. Born in Cochrane, Alberta, Don studied sculpture and bronze casting in Alberta, New York and California. Don's bronze sculptures depicting wildlife, historic figures, western scenes and the oil and gas industry have received awards and high recognition in Canada and the US.  During the process the families of the fallen officers were consulted on feature likeness and stature, and Don created four amazing statues of the men.  They are truly beautiful and Don’s attention to detail from the buttons on their serge to the laces on the boots make them museum quality and breathtaking.

The Obelisk was a late addition to the Memorial Park, the Society wanted to include a monument dedicated to all peace officers that have died in the line of duty.  The 24’ solid concrete obelisk was designed by PCL Maxam, constructed and donated by P.Kruger Concrete Products of Edmonton.   The bronze cap, up rush of doves, was sculpted by Don Begg , and possesses the same fine detail as the fallen four statues, right down to each feather. 

The beautifully designed Visitor Information Centre archives all of the cards, letters and other items sent to the local RCMP detachment and community after the tragedy.  The Donor Wall consists of a state of the art digital recognition system that list the name of each corporate donor and those individual donors who contributed to the $100 square foot.  The Mayerthorpe & District Chamber of Commerce has entered into a partnership agreement with the Society to operate the tourist information segment of the VIC, and assist with staffing of the gift shop.

The Society's fundraising goal was to reach $1,500,000 through our efforts and the generosity of businesses and individuals.  We reached that goal in March of 2007 when the Honourable Rona Ambrose MP announced our successful application for the CAMRIF grant.