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.