New park ‘be­yond words’

Ef­fort on­go­ing to re­vi­tal­ize Small Point play­ground

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

What was once a bar­ren field in Small Point-Black­head-Broad Cove-Adam’s Cove is now full of life.

On Aug. 15, the Small Point Com­mu­nity Play­ground was of­fi­cially re­opened, much to the de­light of the com­mu­nity’s younger pop­u­la­tion.

Where once a set of di­lap­i­dated play­ground equip­ment sat unused, the new play­ground is full of smil­ing faces and joy­ous laugh­ter.

Serv­ing the com­mu­nity of Small Point- Broad Cove- Black Head­A­dam’s Cove and the sur­round­ing area, the play­ground is a 180-de­gree turn from what it was.

On this af­ter­noon, there’s a cou­ple dozen chil­dren take turns try­ing out the new equip­ment.

Cost­ing some $21,000 to in­stall, there is more than enough to keep ev­ery child smil­ing and laugh­ing.

While some are us­ing the slide and sand box to full ad­van­tage, oth­ers are hav­ing their par­ents push them as high as they can on the swing set. There is even a wooden train.

One of the most pop­u­lar is the blue in­fin­ity climber in the mid­dle of the play­ground. Child af­ter child climb to the top, only to come around the rest of the play struc­ture to try again.

Not lost in the shuff le are the smiles of par­ents and grand­par­ents as they view the scene play­ing out in front of them. The play­ground is alive again. With the smell of grilling moose burg­ers waft­ing through the air and an am­ple sup­ply of dough­nuts at the ready, the open­ing is some­thing that has been two years in the mak­ing.

Tina Bursey is a mem­ber of the Small Point-Broad Cove-Black Head­A­dam’s Cove recre­ation com­mit­tee. She has been at the fore­front of the play­ground move­ment, along with the rest of the com­mit­tee, since the be­gin­ning.

“We’ve worked re­ally hard,” said Bursey.

The com­mu­nity at- large has played a huge role in help­ing make the dream of a new play­ground a re­al­ity.

All of the money raised came from the sup­port of lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses.

“What­ever they could do to help out they did,” said Bursey. “It is amaz­ing. There is no other word for it.”

Not fin­ished yet

The recre­ation com­mit­tee sees this re-open­ing as Phase I of a three­part pro­ject to in­ject even more life into the play­ground. There are plans to add a bas­ket­ball court, as well as a walk­ing trail.

“We’re hop­ing to have that started next spring,” said Bursey.

The park has come a long way in such a short pe­riod of time, and it does not ap­pear to be slow­ing down any­time soon.

The dozens of chil­dren uti­liz­ing the fa­cil­ity show that it is some­thing that was des­per­ately needed on the North Shore.

So, what does it mean to have this new park open?

“It’s be­yond words,” said Bursey.

Pho­tos by Nicholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Macken­zie Bursey is hav­ing a time in the sand­box at the new play­ground in Small Poin­tBroad Cove-Black Head-Adam’s Cove.

The Small Point Com­mu­nity Play­ground was of­fi­cially re-opened on Aug. 25. The process started two years ago and the recre­ation com­mit­tee raised some $21,000 for new equipement. Mem­bers of the Small Point-Broad Cove-Black Head-Adam’s Cove recre­ation com­mit­tee are, from left, Tina Bursey, Denise Reynolds, Marie Ken­nell, Wanda Prid­dle, Robyn Kel­loway and Shelly Ho­gan. Miss­ing from the photo is Chris­tine Whalen.

Kaelom Ho­gan (front) and Cassie Ho­gan go down the slide to­gether.

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