The grand opening of the long-awaited Manmeet Singh Bhullar Park took place this weekend on Saturday, October 20.
The newly opened park is named after the late Manmeet Singh Bhullar, who had been the first turbaned Sikh Cabinet Minister in Alberta’s history. Bhullar died a hero when he was tragically killed in a 2015 accident while attempting to help a car that had rolled along the highway north of Red Deer.
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Mayor Naheed Nenshi was on scene to say a few words at the opening of the park, alongside hundreds of Calgarians who had come out to both commemorate Bhullar’s life and celebrate the opening of the new park.
Construction of the park began in May of this year and it has since become a beautiful outdoor gathering place.
“Once completed, this park, with its majestic trees, beautiful vibrant colours, and multi-purpose gathering spaces will embody Manmeet’s spirit and strength,” said Namrita Rattan, the late Manmeet Singh Bhullar’s wife, in a May release.
The park is located in the NE Calgary community of Taradale.
Here’s what the park looks like now that construction has been completed and ribbons have officially been cut.
— WORTHINGTON PR & STORY (@worthwhilepr) October 20, 2018
Great honour to be part of Manmeet Singh Bhullar Park Grand Opening. Miss you my friend. @nenshi @RicMcIver @MikeEllisMLA @RundleRay @ChahalGeorge @chimaincalgary well over 2000 community members attending. pic.twitter.com/cZat8N6rzM
— Sean Chu (@seanchucalgary) October 20, 2018
— Ric McIver (@RicMcIver) October 20, 2018
Honoured to be at the opening of Manmeet Singh Bhullar park in the community of Taradale.Great to see many friends from the community celebrating and honouring a great community leader! @nenshi @seanchucalgary @RundleRay @MikeEllisMLA @RicMcIver @IrfanSabirMLA #yyccc #yycparks pic.twitter.com/KcvxTE3wqo
— George Chahal Ward 5 (@ChahalGeorge) October 20, 2018
— Hamreet (@HSekhon1) October 20, 2018
— Paula Worthington (@p_worthington) October 20, 2018
And just like that we declared Manmeet Singh Bhullar Park open!!!! pic.twitter.com/tKvyasB24R
— Parks Fdn Calgary (@ParksFdnCalgary) October 21, 2018