Hunter Costello Memo­rial do­nates to Recre­ation Park

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More good news for recre­ation in Goderich: The Hunter Costello Memo­rial Fun-da­tion has com­mit­ted $ 50,000 to bring a new play­ground to Goderich’s re­vi­tal­ized Agri­cul­tural Park.

They have also been ac­tively in­volved in the re­design of the park, at­tend­ing the Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Com­mit­tee meet­ings and com­mit­ting their time and ex­per­tise de­vel­op­ing the play­ground de­sign.

This is an im­por­tant project for the Fun- da­tion. Ken Costello says thatHunter loved play­grounds.

“You couldn’t get him off the swings. We can’t think of a bet­ter way to re­mem­ber our lit­tle hero then with a play­ground with all of the el­e­ments he loved. Whether it is the slides, swings, gen­eral store or Calvin the cater- pil­lar, ev­ery el­e­ment in the play­ground will rep­re­sent a part of him. We can’t wait un­til the chil­dren of Goderich get to en­joy Hunter’s dream play­ground.”

Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Chair, Leah Noel, says that she can’t imag­ine a more mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the park.

“Lis­ten­ing to the sto­ries about Hunter, his love for the out­doors, and his favourite ac­tiv­i­ties at the play­ground has re­ally brought this project to life for all of us on the Com­mit­tee. We can see the im­pact that the Fun- da­tion’s con­tri­bu­tion will have on chil­dren and fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity. It is an in­cred­i­ble legacy and we are thrilled that the Fun-da­tion chose to work with us to bringHunter’s dream play­ground to re­al­ity.”

Ken adds that he would like to thank the peo­ple who have been sup­port­ing the Fun- da­tion’s work.

“Cather­ine and I would like to thank our com­mit­tee mem­bers, fam­ily, vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity who have spent count­less hours rais­ing money and help­ing the Fun­da­tion grow over th­ese past few months. We es­pe­cially like to thank the Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Com­mit­tee for all their sup­port dur­ing this process and lis­ten­ing to opin­ions on what we would like to be in­cluded in the de­sign.”

The long awaited re­vi­tal­iza­tion project is now un­der­way with a goal of open­ing in 2019.

In ad­di­tion to the new play­ground, the re­vi­tal­ized fa­cil­ity will in­clude three ball di­a­monds, a new soc­cer pitch, a skate park, and amulti-use pavil­ion.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Hunter Costello Memo­rial Fun-da­tion presents their do­na­tion to mem­bers of the Park Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Com­mit­tee. Fore­ground (L-R): Shar­i­lyn McCul­lough, Sherry Phe­lan, Cather­ine Costello, Ken Costello & Katie Costello; and back (L-R) Joe Hal­lam present their cheque to Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Com­mit­tee Mem­bers Myle Mur­dock, Adam Moore, Ray Hurd, Dar­ren Scholl, and Trevor Bazinet. Fun-da­tion mem­bers ab­sent from the photo: Mar­sha Ben­ninger, Mar­garet Charewicz, and CathyWil­son.

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