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EnviroFest helps kick start Grand Bank’s community park

For the second year in a row, Newfoundland Power’s EnviroFest initiative on the Burin Peninsula has helped develop a park in the region.

Newfoundland Power employee Jeff Warren and Ethan Cumben raked rocks after shrubs and trees were planted at part of Thursday’s EnviroFest event in Grand Bank. Paul Herridge Photo


The Southern Gazette

This year was Grand Bank’s turn, as some 100 shrubs and several trees were planted at the future site of the new community park on Main Street – the old primary school grounds.

Newfoundland Power employees joined town councillors, staff, Recreation Commission members, Community Park Committee members and some students from John Burke High and Lake Academy during the afternoon Thursday.

Last year, EnviroFest was staged at the Wade Drake and Burch Nash Family Park in Fortune.

Grand Bank Mayor Darrell Lafosse called the event a great way to kick off the community park.

“This park is designed not only for our children, but it’s also designed for all age groups in our town. The park will certainly create long-last memories and fun experiences for our children, but it will also act as a meeting place for our residents.”

The mayor said support – both in-kind and monetary donations – to date has been fantastic.

Mayor Lafosse credited the Community Park Committee for putting a lot of hours into the facility.

“A lot of time and effort has gone into what you see here today, and this is only just scratching the surface.

“We have a lot of other companies and businesses that are going to come on board, and hopefully by the middle of July we will have everything complete. That’s the goal.”

Newfoundland Power vice president finance and chief financial officer Jocelyn Perry was on hand last week and acknowledged the company has been hosting EnviroFest events around the province during National Environment Week for the past 16 years.

She said it was fitting the community park will be located on the site of a former primary school.

“We’re delighted to be here today because it’s particularly exciting when you’re starting something brand new.”

Bob Pike, Newfoundland Power’s manager of corporate relations, presented a plaque to Recreation Director Tom Burton to commemorate the event.

“We very much like to give back to the communities we serve, that we work in and that we live in. That’s part of our culture. It always will be, and we will continue to do that.”

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