Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cottonwood Ribbon Cutting

Cory's office designs most of the fire stations in town so our family almost never misses the opportunity to go to a ribbon cutting.  This ribbon cutting was an extra special one for the most beautiful one I have seen yet, which is located way up in Cottonwood Canyon.  From he bottom of the canon it takes 22 min of steep driving to reach the station.  It is located next to the lovely solitude ski resort. This fire station is a bit more unique than most of the other station because of the hardiness of the structure and the length of time it took to build. For example it has to be able to withstand 15x the normal amount of snow load that the city requires because of it's location it also had a VERY short build season between snow seasons usually between June-Nov so it took 2 years to actually build. The inside of the station is also amazing see the cool chandelier with all the candles, that also doubles as the most awesome fan I have ever seen! This station was had tons of custom detailing including the mantel, he wood bench as you enter and even the fireman's dinner table later pictured.
The ribbon cutting was attended by many higher-ups including several city council people, 2 city mayors & the mayor of SL County. Right after the ribbon cutting we were serenade with an alpine horn player which only seemed fitting since we were pretty high up in the mountains.
We even had Big Buddda come and do a broadcast of the ribbon cutting, which is always fun to see local celebrities in our mists.
As is always the tradition following the ribbon cutting the fire truck is pushed in it's bay and then hosed down for all the kiddos to thten take a rag and wash. Washing the truck is of course the part the love the best!
Unfortunately, Phoebe couldn't join us for this ribbon cutting due to school, but she did just visit a fire station the week before for school so she didn't totally miss the fire truck experience. After cleaning the truck the kiddos were taken on a personal tour of the station by one of the staffed paramedics there which turned out to be handy since Josh fell down the stairs and the parametric had lighting fast reflexes to catch him right before he smacked his head on he stairs. Down in the kitchen/lounge there was a really cool table which was hand carved by one of the other firemen, look at all the fire emblem detailing he added, pretty cool. 
After our tour we got to have some of the lunch that we had been smelling and longing for. Normally all the ribbon cuttings have no more than cookies and water, but since this was such a jewel station they splurged on a full catered lunch, and it was well worth the 1/2 lb I gained eating that fried chicken meal!
Not only was the station gorgeous and the ceremony especially fun, but the view we had going up and down the canyon was some of the best fall foliage I have seen since I came SLC. This was definitely fun for our whole family (minus Phoebs) to attend!

1 comment:

Ashley Ferguson Moreno said...

I love Sohpies pigtails:) So cute!