Re­build­ing re­cre­ation

Small Point-adam’s Cove-black­head-broad Cove fo­cus­ing on soc­cer, new play­ground


For the first time in re­cent mem­ory, chil­dren in the com­bined mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Small Point-adam’s CoveBlack­head-broad Cove will have be able to play or­ga­nized soc­cer.

The pro­gram will run dur­ing the sum­mer and be played at the ball field in Broad Cove.

Tina Bursey is a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity’s re­cre­ation com­mit­tee. She said soc­cer has never been a fo­cal point for youth in the area. In fact, ac­cord­ing to Bursey, the world’s most pop­u­lar sport has never been rep­re­sented in the area.

It is a huge step for the Con­cep­tion Bay town of roughly 370 cit­i­zens, which is strug­gling for re­cre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for its younger res­i­dents.

Just the thought of be­ing able to kick a ball around an open field in the mid-july sun has set off a whirl­wind of ex­cite­ment among the youth of the com­mu­nity.

“The kids are re­ally ex­cited for soc­cer,” said Bursey.

With the cre­ation of the soc­cer pro­gram, chil­dren ages 3-10 will be af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to play “the beau­ti­ful game” for two days-a-week.

Although, there is the need for fund­ing. Bursey said Tim Hor­tons has pro­vided jer­seys, soc­cer balls and medals.

The na­tion­wide cof­fee chain main­tains a Tim­bits Mi­nor Sports Pro­gram that fo­cuses on learn­ing a new sport, mak­ing new friends and get­ting ac­tive.

While the pro­gram is fo­cused on younger ath­letes, the com­mit­tee is hop­ing that older youth will help ev­ery­thing run smoothly.

“We hope to get some of the older stu­dents to vol­un­teer and help out,” said Bursey.

The com­mit­tee be­lieves stu­dents who are look­ing for vol­un­teer hours in or­der to gain valu­able school credit will come for­ward to help out.

“If they come down, we’ll sign their sheets,” she said.

Re­cre­ation resur­gence

The planned soc­cer pro­gram is only one part of a big­ger plan to com­pletely re­tool a re­cre­ation pro­gram has been se­verely lack­ing for years.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity had a play­ground, but in the years since it’s in­stal­la­tion, the fa­cil­ity has fallen on tough times, said Bursey.

When the re­cre­ation com­mit­tee was started in April, restor­ing the play­ground to its for­mer glory was a top pri­or­ity.

“It all started with try­ing re­build the play­ground,” she said.

The com­mit­tee has plans on in­fus­ing vi­tal­ity into the old grounds with new equip­ment, a bas­ket­ball court, walk­ing trail and a mem­ory gar­den.

Bursey fig­ures breath­ing new life into the play­ground will cost up­wards of $40,000.

The com­mit­tee has al­ready raised $3,000 through var­i­ous fundrais­ing ef­forts, like cold plate sales and a

to movie night for kids where pop­corn and drinks were sold.

“There are also go­ing to be glow dances for the kids,” she said.

With the ad­di­tions of the court and trail, the play­ground will shift from some­where only chil­dren can play to a place where the en­tire com­mu­nity can gather.

“It’ll cre­ate in­ter­est in the com­mu­nity and it’ll bring ev­ery­one to­gether,” said Bursey.

The town coun­cil is sup­port­ive of the work be­ing done by the group.

“We think try­ing to re­vi­tal­ize the play­ground is a good idea,” said Mayor Les Gover.

Bursey said coun­cil has its own ideas for re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“They’re look­ing at an out­door hockey rink,” she stated.

Com­mu­nity sup­port

Bursey said the whole com­mu­nity has been sup­port­ive of the cause.

“Peo­ple have been telling us what a good job we’re do­ing,” she said. “It’s been all pos­i­tive.”

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is hav­ing a come home year in Au­gust and there are hopes that the new play­ground will be fin­ished by then.

“If not then, than we’re hop­ing by early fall,” said Bursey. “Peo­ple will be ex­cited.”


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