Kuhnen Park Interview - May 27 2021
Today I had the opportunity to interview Frank Kuhnen Sr. about his donated properties which include Kuhnen Park north of Blackfalds and Kuhnen Natural Area near the Town of Alix and adjacent to the Red Deer River.
Frank Kuhnen Jr. graciously led us on a walkthrough of Kuhnen Park speaking about the natural area and how peaceful and serene these areas are right in the morning, listening to the sounds of nature and nothing else.
I am incredibly humbled on why these areas were set aside for use by the public, Frank Sr. stated how he wanted a safe place for families and single mothers to go with their kids to enjoy the outdoors and be present within the environment. He fondly spoke about how these natural areas are so important for families and nature lovers alike to be able to enjoy nature, to listen to birds chittering within the trees, to watch snowshoe hares eat within the shrub undergrowth to experience the beauty of the outdoors. He mentioned the soothing call of common loons during the summer months. There is never a shortage of wonders to be found within the natural environment. To be able to have these areas graciously donated for everyone to enjoy opens up an opportunity for families, outdoor enthusiasts, and generations to come.
If you haven’t had the chance to visit either of these areas I highly recommend taking a few hours to explore, bring a picnic and the kids and go for a walk around the trails. Both of these natural areas offer stunning views and are rich in plant and animal diversity.
A huge thank you to the Kuhnen Family for allowing Sherry and I the opportunity to tour the area and for being willing to speak on behalf of these stunning natural areas. The Kuhnen family is devoted to habitat stewardship and sharing these natural areas with the community.
Quote from Frank Sr. “These areas are a peace of heaven”