A place to play in Bryant’s Cove
New playground officially opens
It was a busy day at the new playground in Bryant’s Cove on Sept. 7. Above the steady growl of a portable generator, the sound of children playing could be heard.
Some 20 of them were taking in everything that the new space had to offer. From the merry-go-round to the two sets of swings, it was a buzz of activity.
In one corner, members of the town’s playground committee were manning the grill, cooking up an ample supply of hotdogs, while others hand out cans of soda to the thirsty children.
There were two other committee members dealing with an ever-steady parade of children looking for flavoured snow cones.
Under the midday sun, the town held the grand opening of its new playground in what is being referred to as a successful event.
Mayor Kim Sheppard saw the need for a new playground last year and set about revitalizing the current site of the playground by forming a committee to tackle the problem.
“I always had a playground when I was that age,” she said. “It was in the same place and we spent hours and hours here.”
Sheppard is not sure what happened to the old playground over the years, but she and the playground committee set out to rejuvenate it.
It’s been a labour of love for the committee.
“It was a lot of long nights of planning and meetings, and most of all fundraising,” said committee chairperson Michelle Janes.
For any committee tackling a project such as a playground, there will be obstacles.
Whether it is a lull in raising money or logistical problems when it comes to shipping equipment.
Even rain on a build day can headaches for a committee.
“We had a vision and no matter what obstacle got in our way we stayed focused on what we wanted,” said Janes.
“It was a whole committee of volunteers and they were second to none. They went out, knocked on doors and put off events.”
Other members of the committee include Judy Parsons, Kelly Drover, Cindy Fitzgerald, Warrick Stone, Dick Ryall, Paulette James, Maxwell James and past member Mavis Yetman.
Sheppard and Janes heaped piles of praise on the members of the Conception Bay North community. The support received by the committee was a big part of the completion of the playground.
“Not only the community but we’ve also had great donations from the businesses in the surrounding area,” said Janes.
Seeing the playground in full swing is proof of a job well done by the committee. “It’s wonderful,” said Sheppard. The playground includes a new gazebo, swing sets, teeter-totter pieces and a multifaceted play structure.
Just beyond its gates, there are basketball nets for the older ages.
However, the committee doesn’t plan on putting a halt to adding on to the facility. A set of monkey bars is on the way, and there are talks of having horseshoe pits installed as well as containers to hold fires.
“The kids had no place to go, now they have a place to go and we have a place to hold our community events,” said Sheppard.
Bryant’s Cove’s Ryan Stone prepares to go head first down the new slide.
Playground committee members Judy Parsons (front) and Sandra Best man the grill at the opening.
Kelly Drover (left) makes sure Amber Short receives lots of syrup for her snow cone.
Jennifer James pushes her 11-month-old daughter Olivia during the official opening of the Bryant’s Cove Playground.