New play­ground for New Per­li­can

The Compass - - OPINION -

A spe­cial celebration took place in New Per­li­can on May 19 to of­fi­cially open a new play­ground in the Trin­ity Bay com­mu­nity.

Many chil­dren and par­ents turned out to the of­fi­cial opening of “Swings N’ Things” play­ground, which is lo­cated be­hind the Vet­eran’s Memo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and next door to the New Per­li­can Sport­splex out­door rink and ball field.

The town’s re­cre­ation com­mit­tee has been work­ing on this play­ground for a year or two, through their own funds and from govern­ment fund­ing they re­ceived.

The play­ground is fully equipped with swings, slides, teeter tot­ters, char­ac­ter movers, mon­key climber dome and sit-on dig­ger, to name just a few. There are also sev­eral col­or­ful picnic ta­bles to en­joy a snack or lunch.

The com­mit­tee ran a con­test to name the play­ground, and Ted His­cock of New Per­li­can was the win- ner with “Swings N’ Things.” Shelly Burrage, sec­re­tary of the re­cre­ation com­mit­tee, passed along greet­ings from and thanked ev­ery­one for the great turnout. Ken Ped­dle, town em­ployee un­veiled the Swings N’ Things sign which was de­signed by Re­nee MacGre­gor. Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son and her daugh­ter Jorja were on hand to cut the of­fi­cial cake and en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties.

The com­mit­tee served hot dogs, drinks and cake to all who at­tended. The re­cre­ation com­mit­tee, along with the town, are to be con­grat­u­lated for their ef­forts in suc­ceed­ing in an­other project for the town and its chil­dren. Even the windy day didn’t keep the fun from hap­pen­ing in New Per­li­can.

The com­mit­tee’s next big event is our Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions, which al­ways in­cludes a pa­rade. — Sub­mit­ted by Eileen Matthews

The play­ground sign was de­signed by Re­nee MacGre­gor.

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