A place to play in Bryant’s Cove

New play­ground of­fi­cially opens

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

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.

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Com­mu­nity sup­port

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.

Pho­tos by Nicholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Jennifer James pushes her 11-month-old daugh­ter Olivia dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Bryant’s Cove Play­ground.

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