The Parky’s family (from left) Doug Parkinson

Parky’s celebrates 40th anniversary

Doug Parkinson and the staff down at Parky's are inviting the community to celebrate what Doug’s father started 40 years ago.

Doug Parkinson and the staff down at Parky’s Heating are inviting the community to come and celebrate what Doug’s father started 40 years ago.

It was March of 1972 when Harold Parkinson (a.k.a. Parky) bought Pinewood Mobile Homes, located in the still empty lot near Sobey’s on 7th Street North.

On Saturday Sept. 29 Parky’s will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with an open house at their current location on 9th Street North.

Originally a mobile home store, named Parky’s Mobile Homes Ltd. (which is still the parent company), Harold decided to diversify after meeting Jim Courtenay, a ticketed gas fitter, and incorporated furnace repairs and installations into the business.

By 1979, Parky’s decided to stop mobile home sales altogether and focus on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). The company moved to a bigger location on 11th Avenue South to accommodate the new venture.

The new face of Parky’s included RSF wood furnaces and stoves, RV parts sales and service, and HVAC.

The 80s were good for Parky’s and the business expanded down the valley. Then, in 1995, Doug was brought in to run the business side, while Harold continued to run the operations, until a diagnoses of Mesothelioma forced him to stop in ‘99.

In the past 10 years, Parky’s has recycled more than 350 old, inefficient woodstoves as a partner in the Woodstove Exchange Program, and has always tried to be as active in the community as possible, donating or helping out with high school sports, the new Youth Centre, Kicking Horse Culture, Rotary, the Masonic Society, the Lions Club, and the Legion.

On Sept. 29, come out and help Parky’s celebrate at their open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at their current location at 808 9th St. N. There will be prize giveaways, product discounts, and a Rotary barbecue with the proceeds going to their Confluence Park Project.