Vol­un­teers in Bay St. Lawrence help ce­ment a more ac­tive fu­ture for res­i­dents.

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - JEN­NIFER RI­P­LEY

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 camil­lamid@ya­hoo.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.

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