Walk­ing trail hon­ours mem­ory of young boy


Ken­neth D. Chislett has been gone for 38 years.

But the three-year-old boy, who died trag­i­cally back in 1973 has not been for­got­ten.

The Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton boy is be­ing re­mem­bered with a me­mo­rial walk­ing trail bear­ing his name.

The Ken­neth D. Chislett Me­mo­rial Walk­ing Trail was of­fi­cially opened in that Trin­ity South town July 16.

The grand open­ing took place dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual Fam­ily Gar­den Party. Spon­sored by the Town of Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton, the event was held at the Ray Jer­rett Me­mo­rial Sports Com­plex in Brook­cove.

Matthew Worth­man, vice-pres­i­dent of the Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee, which built the walk­ing trail, said his com­mit­tee thought the fam­ily gar­den party was a fit­ting time to open the trail.

“ The trail it­self was started a few years ago by the pre­vi­ous re­cre­ation com­mit­tee, un­der the direc­tion of for­mer pres­i­dent Clayton Bran­ton,” Worth­man re­called. A newly elected com­mit­tee, un­der the pres­i­dency of Ed­win Bishop con­tin­ued and com­pleted the trail, the com­mit­tee spokesman pointed out.

Be­gin­ning at the play­ground area in Brook­cove, he said, “the trail runs along­side the brook in the area and ends at the brook bridge.” Known to lo­cal res­i­dents as “the Tres­tle,” the area is a pop­u­lar swim­ming spot for the town’s youth.

The tres­tle is a rem­nant of an ear­lier time when the rail­way ran along the south shore of Trin­ity Bay from Whit­bourne to Heart’s Con­tent.

The new walk­ing trail is named in mem­ory of Ken­neth D. (Kenny) Chislett, a lo­cal boy who died trag­i­cally in the area at the age of 3, in 1973.

Worth­man said the com­mit­tee saw the nam­ing of the trail af­ter the young boy as “a way to hon­our the mem­ory of a child who died much too young.”

Some 38 years af­ter his death, John Soo­ley, Ken­neth’s un­cle, re­mem­bered him as “a very ac­tive child who was al­ways up to some­thing.”

Ken­neth’s par­ents, Phillip and Betty Chislett, brothers Scott and Ja­son, sis­ter Crys­tal, neph­ews Kenny, Matthew, and Bran­don, and niece Mad­di­son were on hand for the cer­e­mony, along with a num­ber of aunts, un­cles and cousins who all share fond mem­o­ries of Kenny.

Area res­i­dents also joined mem­bers of the re­cre­ation com­mit­tee for the cer­e­mony.

Trin­ity Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son was on hand for the lat­ter por­tion of the cer­e­mony.

The pro­ject was partly funded by a $13,500 pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment grant. Worth­man noted a fed­eral JCP ( Job Cre­ation Pro­gram) also cov­ered the wages of four work­ers Vfor eight weeks and pro­vided ap­prox­i­mately $ 1,300 worth of ma­te­ri­als. Prior to the new com­mit­tee tak­ing over the pro­ject, he said the for­mer com­mit­tee had re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately $ 1,500 from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for the ini­tial work. The com­mit­tee spokesman said much of the work on the trail was car­ried out last year through a Com­mu­nity Em­ploy­ment En­hance­ment grant.

Con­fi­dent they have met their goals, Worth­man con­cluded: “many peo­ple put a lot of time and hard work into com­plet­ing a trail that the peo­ple of the com­mu­nity can be proud of and ben­e­fit from.”

Chislett Fam­ily mem­bers are seen here with re­cre­ation com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Ed­win Bishop and Min­is­ter Char­lene John­son. From left: Scott, Crys­tal and Ja­son, par­ents Phillip and Betty, MHA Char­lene John­son, and Ed­win Bishop.

Lo­cal res­i­dents walk the Ken­neth D. Chislett Me­mo­rial Trail af­ter the grand open­ing.

The sign at the be­gin­ning of the Ken­neth D. Chislett Me­mo­rial Trail in Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton re­minds vis­i­tors of the lit­tle three-year-old boy af­ter whom the trail is names.

Re­cre­ation com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Ed­win Bishop is seen here with Ken­neth Chislett’s neph­ews and niece. From left: Bishop Kenny, Mad­di­son, Bran­don and Matthew.

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