New Hei­del­berg rec. fa­cil­ity now near­ing com­ple­tion

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - LIZ BE­VAN

AF­TER YEARS OF FUNDRAIS­ING and lob­by­ing for a new com­mu­nity build­ing, mem­bers of the Hei­del­berg Parks and Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion are happy to see the pro­ject on Lob­singer Line is get­ting closer to com­ple­tion.

Scott Macgre­gor says he still can’t be­lieve there is an end in sight.

“We have a build­ing. It’s up. It hap­pened. The peo­ple that have been on the com­mit­tee in the past, and that are here now, have stayed true to their word,” said the rec. as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber. “We did what we said we were go­ing to do. There is a fam­ily that moved to Ot­tawa, and she was the pres­i­dent of the rec. com­mit­tee a few years ago. They moved away, but she still asks how things are go­ing. She put in her two or three years of try­ing to make this hap­pen. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, let me tell you.”

For the as­so­ci­a­tion, it is all about the com­mu­nity.

“If there are any events that lo­cals want to have at the park, there is a clean, fun en­joy­able fa­cil­ity for them to be able to use,” said Macgre­gor.

Right now, it has just come down to the fi­nal de­tails and fin­ish­ing touches inside the pavil­ion.

“It is just paint­ing and a bit of floor­ing, a cou­ple of light bulbs, noth­ing crazy. I got to go in and do a tour and there were guys pour­ing the step out­side one of the front doors, and I haven’t seen if they have done the con­crete for the shel­ter por­tion yet. It is odds and ends left to do. The lit­tle de­tails,” he said.

Macgre­gor was given the op­por­tu­nity to tour the inside of the new build­ing and he says it is a big, big im­prove­ment on the con­demned struc­ture that used to be stand­ing in the same spot.

“It looks amaz­ing. When you com­pare it to what was there, it looks like a palace. It is a very nice lit­tle space for the com­mu­nity. The square footage of the lit­tle hall that we have got, is ideal for what we need,” he shared. “The wash­rooms are nice – they aren’t fall­ing in and there are no rac­coons liv­ing in it. That is a good thing. There is the nice lit­tle kitch­enette. It is warm - it doesn’t have a breeze go­ing through. My im­pres­sion was that it is pretty cool.”

Funded pri­mar­ily through com­mu­nity do­na­tions and the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion grant, the pro­ject has been in the works for the bet­ter part of a decade.

And even the re­cre­ation as­so­ci­a­tion has got­ten a new meet­ing space out of it.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I think it will as soon as we have a meet­ing there, then I will let you know af­ter it has sunk in,” said Macgre­gor. “We are so used to meet­ing at the tav­ern that it will be nice that we have a lit­tle spot to meet. It is a byprod­uct of the whole thing.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion is plan­ning a grand open­ing cer­e­mony for all those who made the pro­ject hap­pen. It is planned for some­time in the sum­mer.

[LIZ BE­VAN / THE OB­SERVER]

The Build a Bet­ter Booth cam­paign was suc­cess­ful for the Hei­del­berg Rec. As­so­ci­a­tion, with a new fa­cil­ity now near­ing the fin­ish­ing stages. A grand open­ing cer­e­mony is planned for the sum­mer.

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