South River opens Waterfront Park
Residents upbeat about new public space
The Town of South River unveiled it’s new Waterfront Park last week with an event that had the community buzzing with anticipation.
Residents were treated to live music, a barbecue, pony rides and a bouncy castle for the youth, which served as the kick-off for the upgraded community space.
“I’m very excited about the opening of the park,” said South River Mayor Arthur Petten.
The park has been turned into a first-class outdoor space, and opens up any number of options for the Conception Bay North community.
Taking advantage of the picturesque ocean scenery, the park sits to the immediate left of the nearby CBN Highway. The park is both green space and picnic area.
There is a grassy field that allows for family picnics and outings. The grass turns into well- groomed grounds comprising of crushed red stone.
At the end of the stone, the farthest point of the park, there is an observation deck. “It’s a beautiful park,” said Petten. The mayor said one of the ideas behind the development of the park was providing the community with a space it could be proud of.
The space allows for the community to start looking at organizing community events that can be held outdoors.
“Perhaps we can look at a celebration like other communities,” said Petten. He said the park is not finished. There are plans to have a Grand Bank dory with a fisherman erected feet away from the observation deck, new sand on the rocky beachfront near the water and a set of sto-
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ryboards detailing the history of South River.
“We’re hoping to go back to the beginnings of the town,” said Petten.
There a re hopes t o h ave a boardwalk built, extending out over the f a r reach e s o f the seafront property included with the park, which has been in the works for just under two years and cost $70,000, paid through federal
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Regular Monthly Bay Roberts 50+ Club Afternoon Tea
Club Room Water Street, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2- 4 p.m. Open to the public. For more call 786-3765.
Bristol’s Hope Community Flea Market
The Masonic Lodge, Victoria Street, Harbour Grace, Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m – 3 p.m. For more call 596-6498.
Country and Rock’n Roll Show
Royal Canadian Legion, Carbonear. Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 p.m. For more call 596-3691.
Bluegrass and Old-time Country Music Jam Session
Bay Roberts Lions Club, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
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Marysvale RC Church Property, Saturday - Sunday, Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m- 4 p.m. For more call 528-9825.
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Tourism on the mind
Petten has high hopes for the new park.
“It’s putting our little town on the map,” he said.
Petten said the plan is to advertise the park as a tourist attraction for the town with a population of 655.
“It’s not like it was 30 years ago,” he said. “With the Internet, the world is at your fingertips.”
Bobby Seymour is from nearby Clarke’s Beach.
He and his young daughter, Faith, were taking in the sights and sounds of the official opening. Faith was having a time climbing the rock fence that separates the rocky beach from the park.
Bobby said doing up the park was a great thing to see.
“This is awesome. It’s beautiful,” he said.
South River resident Terri Parsons praised the town council for the work they did with the park.
“I think it was very well done,” she said.
For Parsons, the new park was long overdue.
“I’ve lived here a long time and it’s great to see something done with the park,” she said.
more call 786-3765.
St. Patrick’s Parish Craft Fair
Knights of Columbus, Carbonear, Monday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. For more call 5966346.
Craft Sale and Flea Market
Victoria Community Center, Saturday, Oct. 20. Please call 596-4767 or Annette at 596-7486 to rent a table.
A Variety Concert
The Victoria Community Centre, Friday, Oct 26, 7:30 p.m. For more call 596-3783.
Sea Cadet Program
RCSCC Effie M. Morrissey Sea Cadets. Welcome youth from Marysvale to Bay Roberts. Meetings every Tuesday, the Royal Canadian Legion, Brigus, 6:30-9:00 p.m. no cost. For more call 596-3600.
To deliver meals to clients in the Carbonear and Harbour Grace area for the Interfaith Home Meals on Wheels program. For more call 945-5311.
Donate your gently used clothing and cloth items. Drop your bagged items in the red donation bin at Powell’s Supermarkets in Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace and Carbonear areas.
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On Sept. 8, the Town of South River unveiled its new Waterfront Park. Dozens of residents took in the festivities that included a community barbecue and live music. Here, members of the town council, along with invited guests, unveil the new sign. They are, from left, Harbour Main MHA Tom Hedderson, Coun. Darryl Parsons, Fr. Gerald Westcott, Mayor Arthur Petten, Deputy Mayor Scott Rose, and councillors Pat Curran, Bev Wells and Joyce Petten.
Lindsay Parsons keeps her daughter close-at-hand as three-year-old Rachel enjoys a ride on Beauty, Newfoundland pony, at the opening of South River’s Waterfront Park.
A park-opening celebration in South River earlier this month attracted several dozen people.
Jacob Fowler (front), Jackson Fowler and Cameron Edmunds (right), all of North River, are perched on a rock at the new Waterfront Park in South River.