Tears on the playground in Dildo
Residents emotional during ribbon-cutting at Bill Pretty Memorial Playground
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.
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.