South River opens Water­front Park

Res­i­dents up­beat about new pub­lic space

The Compass - - OPINION - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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-

Army cadets

The 2372 Avalon North army cadet corps is open to youth ages 12 to 18. The corps pa­rades Tues­day nights from 7-9 p.m. at Amal­ga­mated Academy in Bay Roberts. For more, visit 2372.webs.com

Bas­ket­ball league

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

The new CBN men’s bas­ket­ball league will have open ses­sions for in­ter­ested play­ers on Tues­day, Sept. 18 and Thurs­day, Sept. 20 at St. Fran­cis in Har­bour Grace, start­ing 7 p.m. both nights. League play will start early Oc­to­ber. All skill lev­els are wel­come. For more, call Shane Lam­bert at 727-5898, or email shanelam­bert@esdnl.ca.

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.

Of­fi­cial’s Clinic

A clinic for hockey of­fi­cials will take place at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate on Sept. 29 (se­nior) and Sept 30 ( ju­nior). For more , c o n t a c t Ke i t h C r o n i n b y e m a i l a t ke­icronin@ya­hoo.ca

Turks Gut Her­itage House Se­niors Gi­ant Flea Mar­ket

Marys­vale RC Church Prop­erty, Satur­day - Sun­day, Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m- 4 p.m. For more call 528-9825.

Bay Roberts 50+ Club Thanks­giv­ing Break­fast

Club Room Wa­ter Street, Satur­day, Oct. 6, 8- 11 a.m. For

and pro­vin­cial grants.

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.”

Re­ac­tion pos­i­tive

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Vol­un­teers Needed

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.

Di­a­betes Clothes­line

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.

The Cal­en­dar is a community ser­vice of­fered by The Com­pass to pro­vide non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions with space free of charge to pro­mote their meet­ings and community events. We re­serve the right to edit out ticket prices, ad­mis­sion fees, and any other items we con­sider to be pre-paid ad­ver­tis­ing.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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.

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