A large crowd of interested citizens, youth, volunteers, sponsors local and provincial politicians came out to celebrate the culmination of five years of planning and hard work that saw the completion of this first class community park.
Margo Rideout, who was master of ceremonies for the official opening, encouraged the crowd to look around and acknowledge what all the donations and hard work by so many people have achieved.
“Today we celebrate everyone’s hard work and the final results that every citizen old or young in Grand Bank should be proud of.”
Rideout acknowledged the hard work of the Grand Bank Community Park committee set up five years ago to oversee the project.
“Although no price can be placed on the countless hours of joy children will gain from having this facility in Grand Bank, if some of our committee members were paid for all the time they put into this beautiful park for us all to enjoy, they would be very rich indeed.”
Kim Strowbridge, Chairperson of the Grand Bank Community Park committee, said the total cost of the project was approximately $350,000. She told the crowd this could not have been realized without the support of the town and many others.
“To say that the community in general and so many sponsors came on board would be an understatement and we thank you for that.”
Grand Bank Recreation Director Tom Burton said he felt the task assigned to him was the most important – that of recognizing the many corporate sponsors, friends of the park and volunteers.
“We are overwhelmed with the support we have received from the community. Without their support this would not be possible.”
Random-Burin-St. George’s MP Judy Foote, Grand Bank District MHA Darin King and Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews took part in the festivities and each acknowledged the importance of such a facility for local youth, and recognized the hard work and commitment of the many people who worked to bring the project to a successful conclusion.
The park contains 10 pieces of equipment children can enjoy at their leisure. These include: a junior structure, a senior structure, two sets of two-bay swings, an igloo structure, tire swings, traditional seesaws, two spinners and a tortoise.
As well there is a paved walking trail, a parking area and a gazebo. Trees, plants, flowers and benches further enhance the environment.