Persalvic opens new community park, trail
Victoria school unveils new community garden, walking trail
Several hundred people gathered at Persalvic school in Victoria on June 7 to celebrate Enviro Fest 2013 and officially open a new community garden and walking trail. Nearly 100 cedar shrubs were planted in memory of deceased loved ones.
An impressive and unique beautification project on the grounds outside Persalvic school in Victoria was officially opened on the evening of Thursday, June 6. And it was done with great fanfare and community spirit as several hundred people packed the gymnasium for a ceremony that included speeches, singing, dancing, poetry and an inspiring photo slideshow. That was followed by a flurry of planting and tributes outside as the Panthers Community Garden and a first-rate walking path called “Trail of Paws” was dedicated in memory of a long list of those who have passed away. The project was part of Enviro Fest 2013, which is sponsored each year by Newfoundland Power at a special ly selected school throughout the province. The project shines a light on the importance of protecting and preserving the environment, and preparing the next generation to be good stewards of the planet. The project kicked off in April, and saw an area growing wildly and unkempt transformed into a majestic place where citizens — young and old — can enjoy a natural setting. Just under 100 volunteers lent a hand in some way, and some 75 cedar shrubs were donated in memory of loved ones. The area also includes a wide selection of vegetation planted by students, and a collection of picnic tables, benches, a shelter and much more. Here are some scenes from the official opening.
Longtime Newfoundland Power employee and Salmon Cove resident Sandra Reynolds poses next to a rest area playfully named in her honour — “Sandra’s Time Out.” Reynolds has coordinated the Enviro Fest for her employer since it was launched 16 years ago. The 2013 event will be her last, since Sandra is retiring very soon after 38 years with the utility company.
Florence Meadus of Victoria planted a cedar shrub in memory of her late husband, Tolson Meadus, who passed away on June 17, 2006. Tolson was a member of the teaching staff at Persalvic.
Among the entertainment was a group of traditional dancers from the school, including Morgan Slade (left) and Daniel Slade.
Grade 4 student Katie Burke displays the “ladybug” she painted for the Panthers Community Garden. Katie is the daughter of Glenn Burke and Carolyn Pike of Victoria.
These three sisters — from left, Diana Dean, Merina Murray and Elizabeth Jackson — are seen walking along the “Trail of Paws” on the grounds near Persalvic school. Diana planted a cedar shrub in memory of her late husband, Wayne Dean, who passed away suddenly on Dec. 26, 2012.
Taylor Slade of Salmon Cove embraces the sign leading to the “Trail of Paws.” Taylor, Grade 4 at Persalvic, won the trail-naming contest. She is the daughter of Claude and Carla Slade.
The former principal at Persalvic, Derek Hiscock of Victoria, was on hand to plant a memorial cedar shrub. Hiscock was principal at the school from 1998-2011, and is now retired. He offered praise to teacher Stephen King (background) for spearheading the Enviro Fest initiative at the school.