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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Kimberley is wunderbar! Thuredoy, July 19, 1973 THE UTHMIDOE HBULD Bavarian City of Rockies Mountain stream cools Kimberley platzl By D'ARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor KIMBERLEY When you Bee- Kimberley, you'll want to yodel with joy. It's wunderbar It's the "Bavarian City of the Rockies." A gigantic community ef- fort-culminates this weekend when Kimberley celebrates its Jury Fest. Stores will re- main open Sunday. That community 'effort began last summer when Fat Oakley decided- something should be done about lethar- gic business conditions in tile East Kootenay centre. As vice president of the Kimberley Ski dub, Mr. Oakley was vitally interested in a report written by Mel Borgerson Associates of Se- attle for the club. It urged Kimberley adopt the theme "Highest City in Canada" and use its ski hill as a major selling point. SOMETHING BETTER Mr. Oakley's creative in- stinct told him this was the germ of a better idea. The idea of an Alpine theme danced through his mind like accordion music at a beer festival. "Why don't we turn the whole city into a Bavarian he asked himself. And this is almost what they've done at a cost of somewhere, between and Service station operator Oakley and Bill lisher of Today Publications, became the driving forces that created the Bavarian Committee of the Kimber- ley Chamber of Commerce. The rest is very, very plea- sant far as the downtown merchants are .concerned. And the entire city is fast learning the idea is cool as a snowslide in July. Says Mr. Oakley: "We got Nelson MacDonald, a Cal- gary architect, to make a drawing of Spokane Street as a Bavarian village street. It cost us (the Bavarian Com- mittee) 1500 to buy the draw- ing." Youthful Mayor Jim Ogil- vie tells how "they settled on an Alpine theme. Of.course, in found out other cities were adopt- ing the Alpine theme. I think Revelstoke is calling itself the Alpine City. Leaven- worth, Washington, has- a Swiss Alpine- theme. So we decided on "the Bavarian City of the Rockies." Mayor Ogilvie and alder- men Jack Reid, Ray Mc- Niven, Bert Banks, John Daigle, Ken McRea and Harry Broadhurst took the position that if the tiling was to be successful it would have to come from the people themselves. Everyone vclunteered something labor or trees, plants or planters, gravel or gazebos and the Bavarian City started to shape up. Mayor Ogilvie, hi office for the past six months and an alderman for seven years prior, says the city's commit- ment was the lights, re- paving, replacement of water and sewer mains and the ditch for the brook that flows down the centre of Deer Park Avenue, now a Bavarian platzl or people's place: While the city fathers were co operative, the city's mother, Cominco, operator of the lead and zinc mine, was as generous as the pro- portions of a Bavarian beer waitress. The company donated shrubs and flowers, pre- pared in its garden, 'filled with vibrant pri- mary colors, and turned "its -office building into a vision of architectural old Europe. Volunteers went out to a farmer's place, dug up trees, planted them on the platzl. Volunteers built a fountain. Volunteer firefighters built two gazebos, little pavilions, where visitors may sit and gaze at the leather-trousered boys and the buxom girls. SOMETHING ELSE this isn't all. The Kimberley Ski Club has approved lighting the en- tire North Star Mountain and, says Mr. Oakley, "it will be .the longest lighted hill in North America." The cost: to be paid by the ski club, to which 20 per cent of Kimberley's popu- lation belongs. (Kimberley school physical education programs include time on the Don Delamont, Kimberley jeweiiery store operator, is the July Festival chairman. Harvey Drdul is president of the chamber. But to name names is futile. It seems like everyone is involved. As Norm Thomas of Nor- man's Pharmacy says: "We are still waiting to have our store front done. It will cost a few thousand dollars but I think it's an excellent idea. I am sure we are seeing quite an increase in tourists already from it." Kimberley, almost forced off the map by the new road north through Fort Steele, is confident it has a fine future as "the Bavarian City of Rockies." 'Ready to serve you9 Veronica Flegel, 16, of Kimberley, is ready to serve diners a Bavarian Days smorgasbord in the rafskeller (downstairs) in a new. Bavarian-style restaurant on the Bavarian platzl on Spokane Street at Kimberley. July Fest events open with a Kimberley Bavarian bingo in the Kimfaerley Civic Centre Arena at o'clock tonight and continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 'Really enjoying Bridges over the brook Kimberley's Deer Park Avenue has been redesigned for people. No vehicles al- lowed. It has trees, planters, bridges over a brook, old-fashioned lamp standards and authentic Bavarian-style architecture forming a 'fairyland background. It has a beautiful rock fountain built by volunteer s. This street, and Spokane Street, both have gazebos or little pavilions where the tourist can sit and rest and watch the pretty girls go by. Friendly people working to save a city A visitor to Kimberley is impressed with her citizens. They're all working together to pull Kimberley out of a 10-year slump. From left, Mrs. Arthur (Agnes) Owen, Mrs. William and Mrs. Rod (Vicki) Loraas, all of Kimberley and all strving to make Kimberley a top-rated tourist city. L, Kimberley's city hall was given a new look by Cal- gary architect Nelson Mac- Donald. It's the Bavarian City of the Rockies dnd celebrates this weekend. More Kimberley pictures on uaee 24 Just like "home Mr. and Mrs.-Hans Winkler, formerly of Germany and now of Dutch Creek, 70 miles north of Kimberley, the Bavarian platzl in Kimberley and the new decor of the storefronts is "just like home." D'ARCY RICKARD Fred Holmes, Kimberley businessman located on Deer Park Avenue, site of the Bavarian ptatzl, (people's scys "the tourists are really enjoying it." Kimberley is billed os "the Bavarian City of the Rodcisi." Another view of Kimberley's Bavarian platsl Pat Pagura, Kimberley bank employee. Is all dressed up this week in the Bavarian theme as visitors flocV to Kimberley for July Fest events Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "Well all be dressed up next week, says Miss Poguro as Kimberley swings into o round of designed to prove it is indeed the "Bavarian City of the Rockies." On the move Kimberley is fast-becom- ing known as the Bavarian City of the Rockies and reason is this fellow, at- tired in Bavarian-style lea- ther hot ponts, walks down the Bavarian platzl. ;