Tears on the play­ground in Dildo

Res­i­dents emo­tional dur­ing rib­bon-cut­ting at Bill Pretty Me­mo­rial Play­ground

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be­gan with the chil­dren lin­ing up along side Ce­cily for the chance to be the first on the new equip­ment.

Boys and girls raced, hop­ping on what­ever they got to first. There was no push­ing or shov­ing, just help­ful­ness and courtesy from ev­ery­one.

Off to the left of the large green and blue struc­ture was a smaller blue one shaped like a boat. It was for the smaller chil­dren and tod­dlers.

Al­though it rained, all the par­ents, grand­par­ents, chil­dren and many res­i­dents of Dildo and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties re­mained out­side, fac­ing the ele­ments for a good pur­pose.

Some 300 peo­ple at­tended the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony. Some with­out chil­dren said they were there to sup­port the com­mu­nity, while oth­ers were there to hon­our Pretty’s mem­ory.

The funds were raised through com­mu­nity projects, govern­ment grants, do­na­tions and the as­sis­tance of a Rona kids ad­van­tage pro­gram.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

The Dildo Recre­ation Com­mit­tee was one of the driv­ing forces be­hind the fundrais­ing ef­forts for the Bill Pretty Me­mo­rial Play­ground. They are: front (l-r) — Flor­rie Reid and Sharon Jack­son; back row — Les­lie Hollett, Jessica Legge, Su­san Reid, Kyla War­ren, Mary Lou Hig­don, Angie Reid, Ginger Harnum, Jeanette Smith, Joan Reid, Wanda-Lee Poole, Natasha Trainor, Can­dace Wells, Denise Legge, Jackie Thorne, Diana Stead and Alisha Ke. Miss­ing from photo is Cindy Reid.

Th­ese young boys de­cided they were go­ing to give the play­ground a spin, lit­er­ally. Rus­sell Harnum (left) pulls the spin­ning plat­form around in a cir­cle while Ma­son Fowler (sec­ond from left), Kameron March (sec­ond from right) and Ai­den Reid hang on tight and en­joy the ride. The boys are all res­i­dents of Dildo. Rus­sell is the son of Yolanda and Ray­mond Harnum, Ma­son is the son of Jeanette and Mark Fowler, Kameron is the son of Tanya and Wade March and Ai­den is the son of Can­dace and Peter Reid.

Phillip Reid is only 19 months old but is al­ready fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of many of the res­i­dents of Dildo. When the Bill Pretty Me­mo­rial Play­ground opened on Aug. 14, Phillip’s first stop was the new tod­dler struc­ture shaped like a boat. He went straight to the steer­ing wheel to cap­tain the ship. Like many res­i­dents from the area, he re­ally en­joyed his (imag­i­nary) trip on the sea. Phillip is the son of com­mit­tee mem­ber Jackie Thorne of Dildo.

A beau­ti­ful cake was do­nated to the com­mit­tee by Bethany Hoskins of New Har­bour.

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