Volunteers in Bay St. Lawrence help cement a more active future for residents.
This winter, residents of Bay St. Lawrence will be enjoying outdoor skating a lot closer to home.
The Bay St. Lawrence Recreational Society (BSLRS) is leading the efforts for a multi-purpose recreation area, including an outdoor rink. Amanda Mackinnon, a resident of Bay St. Lawrence, has taken on a lead role organizing the project.
"A lot of us were taking kids to Neil's Harbour and Cape North for skating. We wanted something in our community," says Mackinnon. With the help of the community, five concrete pours have been completed. A pad measuring 36' x 70' now straddles property owned by the Bay St. Lawrence Fire Hall and a private resident.
Mackinnon is grateful for all the community support. Residents have contributed labour to finish the pad. No equipment was purchased as volunteers lent tractors, cement mixers, tools for leveling, and anything else that was needed. Fundraising efforts to purchase materials included a pancake brunch and a 50/50 draw. District 8 has contributed funding for project expenses through Councillor Norm Macdonald. Says Macdonald, "(The BSLDS) consists of hard working Moms and Dads who, in my opinion, are heroes working to provide every child a space to play and excel."
While the organizers hope to get about three months of ice time on the rink, the plan is for a year-round, multi-use space. "That's why I want to gear it up for other sports, so the pad can be used year-round," says Mackinnon. Organizers hope to paint the pad for multi-sport use, including ball hockey, tennis, volleyball and basketball. Community members have already donated basketballs and a basketball net, but Mackinnon is still looking for multi-sport balls, hockey nets, and goalie gear.
Anyone interested in donating to the efforts can contact Amanda Mackinnon at email@example.com.
The concrete pad seen here was recently poured in Bay St. Lawrence. It will act as a skating rink this winter, and will hopefully be used year-round for other sports as well.
Photo by Amanda Mackinnon.