story by Patricia Merrick | photography by Kurtis Kristianson
The Town of Crossfield is dedicated to making community life thrive for its residents.
What makes living in Crossfield special? It’s the advantage of small-town living surrounded by the amenities of larger cities. It’s walking into the grocery store and seeing your neighbour or knowing your child is in good hands when they walk out of the door and head to school in the morning.
Crossfield is great because we still very much have a small-town community feel,” said Eris Latham, recreation and events co-ordinator for the town. “Everybody kind of knows everybody. You show up at the post office and faces are familiar or you go to the grocery store and you recognize vehicles in the parking lot. There are very few kids that my children don’t know in town here.
Multiple amenities are available for residents, including a community centre for groups and organizations to rent-like the local Jazzercise club or yoga boot camp instructors, she added. An indoor arena is well-used throughout the winter for hockey and skating but also for roller derby in the summer.
The tennis courts at Banta Park have been revamped for residents to use and a splash park is located there as well, which, Latham said, is quite popular in the summer. Crossfield is also home to a small skate park with an expansion currently in the works. Four baseball diamonds are often busy throughout the week in the summer and are available to rent on weekends.
“Probably our newest, most exciting amenity is the outdoor skating rink,” Latham said, noting the rink in Vista Crossing is a full-sized, boarded arena located next to a large bonfire area and a new playground for all residents to enjoy.
Town staff make it a goal to have activities available for residents year-round, she said.
“Our pathway system is ever-expanding. The newest section is through Vista Crossing and it will keep going as that development continues,” Latham said. “People use the pathways to walk dogs and go bike riding but you do see people on them all throughout the year.”
The Town staff hosts events for all ages that are family-friendly and affordable. According to Latham, it’s these events that bring the community together.
“Crossfield is a very welcoming community. We love what the developers have done – especially in Vista Crossing – bringing the amenities like the parks and the outdoor skating rink and the bonfire area,” she said. “There’s a lot of people here who take pride in their community.”
Crossfield is suitable for all ages, including young families and those looking to downsize, she added.
And it’s not just the town that makes the community a great place to live. Crossfield is also home to a library that hosts a variety of activities for kids and youth, as well as an agriculture society that hosts an annual farmers’ market, which has expanded substantially in the last five years, according to Latham.
There are also a variety of community groups thriving in Crossfield, including minor baseball, hockey and soccer organizations, as well as clubs for skating, curling and seniors. Other organizations include the Artists of Crossfield Theatre Society, an Elks club and Scouts group.