On July 17, friends and family met to witness the unveiling of a plaque to name Chestermere’s new beach volleyball courts in memory of long-time resident Craig Fawcett.
“The City of Chestermere was very fortunate to have had Craig Fawcett as a community member,” said Deputy Mayor Gail Smith. “In all that he did, he was a dedicated, hard-working resident and the naming of this beach volleyball court after Craig is a small token of the City of Chestermere’s appreciation of his time and dedication to this City.”
Craig, and his wife Cheryl, moved to Chestermere in 1993. With a population of only 1,100 at the time, Craig and Cheryl began to get involved and made an impact almost immediately. In addition to helping bring the first Catholic schools to Chestermere and volunteering with Chestermere Minor Hockey, Craig also served on a wide variety of Town committees from 1994 - 2014 and served on Town Council from 2001-2004.
While he made a difference in many areas, Craig had a particular love for recreation and the lakeside parks. When he passed away in early 2015, friends and family made memorial donations to the Chestermere Regional Community Development Foundation with the intention that the funds be used to improve the Sunset Park beach volleyball facilities.
In the fall of 2016, these donations as well as funds contributed by the City were used to complete the new double court. The official ceremony included the unveiling of a permanent plaque near the courts and a ceremonial first serve by Craig’s kids Harrison, Alexandria and Mitchell.
“Craig was committed to making Chestermere a recreation and family-friendly community through the development and improvement of parks and playgrounds,” says the City’s Parks & Recreation Manager Kathy Russell. “The Craig Fawcett Beach Volleyball Court is a wonderful reminder of Craig’s legacy and contributions.”