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Burin's sports facilities more accessible thanks to upgrades

['Town of Burin']
Town of Burin

BURIN, NL—The Town of Burin has completed accessibility upgrades to outdoor sporting facilities at a cost of approximately $70,000.

Town manager Leo Hartson relayed the news to council during a meeting held this week.

“All the asphalt work has been completed and major improvements have been done to the soccer field, the softball field and other areas of Central Park.”

The cost of the upgrades was shared between the federal government and the town through an accessibility grant of $50,000, plus $17,500 from the Town of Burin.

The town upgraded paving and added a parking area near the soccer field in Burin for people using wheelchairs as part of its plan to make areas of the town accessible to all residents

Other upgrades to the soccer field in Salt Pond include an accessible viewing area for people using wheelchairs.

Upgrades completed at Central Park include wheelchair access to the shuffleboard game and pathway to playground, an accessible viewing area at the softball field, and accessibility parking.

Hartson said installation of a wheelchair-accessible swing at Central Park and signage would round off the project.

“The wheelchair wheel has arrived, but we are going to wait until spring to install because of the cold weather,” he said. “An area has been prepared and paved up by the playground.” 

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