Kudos to the Town of Drumheller, which is one of only five Alberta communities to receive a Ministers Award for Municipal Excellence this year.
The town was cited for its Dinowalk / Dinosaur Street Naming Project, which features wayfinding signs with accessible dinosaur medallions.
"The medallions all have chips inside them that you have the ability to actually take your smart phone and, either through a QR code or through what's called NFC readers, you'll be able to read what dinosaur that is and you'll be able to do things like games and treasure hunts and stuff like that," explained CAO Darryl Drohomerski.
Drumheller was one of 45 communities nominated by other municipalities around the province and won the Ministers Award in the Innovation category.
"It's good to hear that other people think we're actually on the right track," stated Drohomerski. "You sometimes put your neck out a little bit hoping it's the right thing to do, so to hear back from other communities that they absolutely think it's a great idea just kind of reinforces that we did the right thing."
"Trying to tie this back to some of the activities in our downtown, we thought this was really an interesting way to try to engage more people, be it visitors or residents," he added. "Just to learn a little more about the history of Drumheller."
The selection of the dinosaur types and medallions took place last year: the final installation of Wikipedia linked medallions will happen this summer.