New playground piece arrives at Andy’s Rainbow Park
A train pulled into Port aux Basques last week for the first time in decades.
This was no ordinary train, though.
Andy’s Rainbow Park is now home to a handcrafted wooden train for children to play on.
The 24-foot structure came to Port aux Basques courtesy of the Lions Club and Helen and Chester Coffin. The park is named for the Coffins’ son.
The idea for the train originated with the Lions Club, which was looking for a legacy project to give back to the community.
Members approached the Coffins with idea, and the family raised money to purchase materials.
The train itself was built by inmates at the Bishop’s Falls Correctional Centre, and arrived in Port aux Basques at the end of September.
The Lions approached a shipping company to get the train to Port aux Basques, who in turn donated the associated cost.
On Oct. 4, there were already groups of children admiring the new train and crawling through the different cars.
Helen Coffin said a plaque will be placed on the train soon in memory of Andy.
Two-year-old Ella Cross enjoyed the new train that arrived recently at Andy’s Rainbow Park.
Helen and Chester Coffin were joined by friends, family and members of the Port aux Basques Lions Club at Andy’s Rainbow Park to take a look at the train that was added to the playground.