Sum­mer games re­turn

Mayor con­sid­ers event an eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity for Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

Bay Roberts’ suc­cess­ful in bid to host the 2020 Sum­mer Games. Event ex­pected to bring more than 2,000 peo­ple to the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion.

We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. There’s a great buzz in the com­mu­nity. Ian Flynn

BAY ROBERTS, NL — The Town of Bay Roberts re­ceived some good news at the clos­ing cer­e­monies of the New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games in Deer Lake.

The Con­cep­tion Bay North town was of­fi­cially de­clared host com­mu­nity for the 2020 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games. Mayor Philip Wood and recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn were in Deer Lake Satur­day, March 17, for the an­nounce­ment.

“I see this as a town-build­ing process,” Wood told the Com­pass last Mon­day. “As we all strive to­gether to make this the best games ever, it sort of pulls the com­mu­nity to­gether, and we’ve al­ways had lots of pride in the town and we’ve also had a great vol­un­teer base.”

The wheels were set in mo­tion for­mally last year to put to­gether bids for the 2020 Sum­mer Games. Bay Roberts has in­vested heav­ily in up­grad­ing the town’s recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties in re­cent years, guided by its recre­ation mas­ter plan adopted in 2014.

The Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex is due to have a new club­house, beach volleyball courts and ad­di­tional park­ing in­stalled in 2019.

“We think that with the time­line we’re given from when the an­nounce­ment was made to

when we have the games that we’ll be good to go for 2020,” Flynn said Mon­day, not­ing Bay Roberts will part­ner with the Town of Carbonear for the event. The lat­ter com­mu­nity will host track and field and swim­ming events.

Be­yond giv­ing the town fur­ther im­pe­tus to up­grade recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, Wood views the Sum­mer Games as an eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity.

“We’re go­ing to have a cou­ple of thou­sand peo­ple com­ing through Bay Roberts in 2020, but we’re also hop­ing with the at­ten­tion on the town for the next num­ber of years that more peo­ple will come to Bay Roberts and see what it’s all about.”

Wood also be­lieves the games will not only be good for Bay Roberts, but Con­cep­tion Bay North as a whole. There’s a chance too those who travel to

the area for the Sum­mer Games may de­cide to visit again some­day based on the ex­pe­ri­ence, he said.

Flynn in­di­cated there will be some pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment funds com­ing the town’s way to help with host­ing the games, though the de­tails at this point need to be ironed out. The recre­ation di­rec­tor needs to cre­ate a pri­or­ity list of items to ad­dress be­tween now and the sum­mer of 2020. One item that stands out for Flynn is out­door light­ing for the newly con­structed ball field.

Hav­ing put to­gether pre­vi­ous bids to host the Sum­mer Games, Flynn said it is sat­is­fy­ing to see Bay Roberts fi­nally get a shot. Chil­dren, Se­niors and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Lisa Demp­ster re­port­edly told Flynn and Wood the town’s pitch for 2020 was a strong one. Flynn also cred­ited lo­cal MHA Pam Par­sons for serv­ing as a booster for the Sum­mer Games bid.

“We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” he said. “There’s a great buzz in the com­mu­nity.”

Gold spon­sors for the event will carry over from the re­cently com­pleted Win­ter Games, and the town will not need to spend money on de­sign­ing a logo for the event, as that is now a stan­dard­ized fea­ture. The same goes for a games mas­cot and web­site.

“It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing num­ber of years as we pre­pare for it, to say the least,” said Wood.

Meet­ings are al­ready be­ing sched­uled to es­tab­lish com­mit­tees in prepa­ra­tion for the event.


New­found­land and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, left, shakes the hand of Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood, with recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn stand­ing be­side him. Wood and Flynn were in Deer Lake Satur­day, March 17, for an an­nounce­ment of­fi­cially pro­claim­ing Bay Roberts as host of the 2020 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games.

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