The Constable Shelby Patton Memorial Park Development Committee is pleased to announce the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new park in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. After nearly one year of fundraising, design and construction, the park will be officially opened on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the park on the corner of Eberts and Water Street.
The ceremony will be open to anyone who wishes to honor Constable Patton’s service and pay their respects to the life of Shelby. There will be a parade of uniformed RCMP members in Troops in Review Order accompanied by the Regina RCMP Pipe and Drum Band. Troops of uniformed RCMP members will march from the Indian Head Detachment to the park dedication in Troop formation. Dignitary speeches will follow and attendees will have a chance to explore the park.
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. Requests were made from the public 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 began developing a Memorial Park in his honor.
“The development of the Constable Shelby Patton Memorial Park has been an incredibly meaningful project for each of the development committee members” said Devin Pugh, a member of the Development Committee. “To be able to channel the overwhelming community support and appreciation for Shelby’s service into a project like this has been an astonishingly positive experience.”
In August of 2021, the committee had announced a fundraising goal of $150,000. By December they had already surpassed it and to date have raised nearly $225,000. The success is a reflection of the tremendous sense of meaning this project has for everyone involved. “I have witnessed how much this project has personally touched each and every committee member and how this energy has resulted in the development of a great tribute to who Shelby was and how he would have liked to be remembered,” said Pugh.
The Constable Shelby Patton Memorial Park Development Committee would like to once again share their sincere gratitude for the support that has been shown to the project from across the country.