All aboard!

New play­ground piece ar­rives at Andy’s Rain­bow Park

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY BRYAN TAIT

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.

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