Town of Indian Head develops new park in memory of Constable Shelby Patton
August 27, 2021, 4:06 pm
On June 12, 2021 Constable Shelby Patton, a member of the Indian Head RCMP, was tragically killed in the line of duty after responding to a report of a stolen vehicle. The loss of Constable Patton was felt deeply by the community of Indian Head and surrounding area. Many people from across the country came forward offering their support and looking for ways to commemorate Constable Patton's sacrifice and service to his community. In response to this, the Town of Indian Head along with a community-based volunteer committee are developing a Memorial Park in his honor.
The "Constable Shelby Patton Memorial Park" will be located in the Town of Indian Head where he lived and served. Patton's wife, Mari Grobler, said her husband was dedicated to the community of Indian Head and surrounding area. "Everyday he would come home and tell me stories of all the people he was able to help. That is exactly what he always wanted to do. He never hesitated to help, no matter who, no matter where, no matter what."
Located on a scenic corner in the community, the park will include a monument for Constable Patton along with an area for outdoor exercise equipment, a running track and sitting area. Constable Patton was a strong advocate for personal fitness and aspired to live a healthy lifestyle. "Together, my husband and I shared our knowledge and passion for health and fitness with as many people as we could. Now, in creating this beautiful park the community can come together and enjoy a space dedicated to fitness and Shelby's legacy" Grobler said.
The park will be a wonderful addition to the Town of Indian Head; providing a space for residents to stay physically active and a peaceful place to reflect. Steven Cole, Mayor of Indian Head said "This park will benefit the community in so many ways. It will be a place to remember Constable Shelby Patton, a place of fitness which was a passion of his, a beautiful addition to our already existing walking trail and a place to sit and enjoy the beauty of Indian Head."
The fundraising goal for this project is $150,000 with all the proceeds going towards the purchase of features for the park. Anyone who wishes to make a donation may forward cheques made payable to the Town of Indian Head to PO Box 460, Indian Head, SK, S0G 2K0 or visit the Town Office. Donations of services are also graciously accepted. Electronic donations can be made on the Go Fund Me page https://gofund.me/077ca9e5. The committee and the Town wishes to thank everyone for their support and generosity as we move forward with this project.