Doug Me­lan­son Park plant­ings un­der­way

Fundrais­ing con­tin­ues for trees, benches and more

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The gran­ite slab that served as the front step for the former Mil­ton School for nearly a cen­tury will be en­graved by Her­itage Memo­ri­als for the Doug Me­lan­son Park. “Just think of the peo­ple who have walked over this,” said vol­un­teer David Sol­lows, shown here with com­mit­tee chair­woman Jean Clulee.

A new park is un­der­way on the former Mil­ton School site, bor­dered by Elm, Brunswick, and Hunt­ing­ton streets in Yar­mouth.

The Doug Me­lan­son Park is close to an acre in size, with wind­ing paths, a wide va­ri­ety of tree species, shrubs and benches. Three large play mounds in the cen­ter pro­vide climb­ing and rolling op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­it­ing young­sters.

Park com­mit­tee chair­woman Jean Clulee says many peo­ple have an emo­tional con­nec­tion to the site.

“It’s re­ally amaz­ing the com­ments we get,” she said.

Sue Amon taught at the school for 25 years or more.

“All my kids went to school here,” she said.

She and her hus­band Frank have been wa­ter­ing the new plant­ings ( 20 trees and 15 shrubs), three times a week, since the end of May.

“It’s a two-hour job each time,” she said.

The fam­ily re­cently do­nated a bench in hon­our of their son, Christo­pher, who died 15 years ago.

Sue had heard the park was seek­ing con­tri­bu­tions to­wards park el­e­ments and she thought the bench would be a nice trib­ute.

The fam­ily started a GoFundMe on April 24 and by April 26, the an­niver­sary of Chris’s death, the goal was sur­passed.

“Over 40 peo­ple gave. That’s the gift of love that he left, it sits there. It gives us a re­ally nice feel­ing that he’s still part of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Clulee says not only me­mo­rial benches and trees are be­ing do­nated, peo­ple who are alive and well are also be­ing hon­oured with these park el­e­ments.

“It could be some­thing your child or grand­child could watch grow,” she said.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber David Sol­lows was a prin­ci­pal at the school and taught Grade 6. He’s ex­cited about the many dif­fer­ent types of trees that have been planted.

“There are some in­ter­est­ing trees. We’ve got a metase­quoia there and there’s a gingko biloba, a kat­sura, pa­per bark and amur maples, a cop­per beech… I’m want­ing to see it in about 50 years,” he laughed.

The park com­mit­tee es­ti­mates close to $60,000 must be raised to com­plete the park, which is a joint project with the Town of Yar­mouth and the Mil­ton Im­prove­ment So­ci­ety.

Even­tu­ally, games ta­bles, bal­ance beams, in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage and a labyrinth and pub­lic fo­rum area will be added to the park. Frank Amon, Philip Amon with girl­friend Avery Enzenauer and Su­san Amon on the bench do­nated in mem­ory of their son Chris, who died in 2003. The Doug Me­lan­son Park is close to an acre in size, with wind­ing paths, a wide va­ri­ety of tree species, shrubs and benches.

Cyn­thia Roberts (sit­ting) at­tended Grade 1 at Mil­ton School with Miss Sweeny as her teacher in 1941/1942. Kay Ladd, a well-known Yar­mouthian who was raised on a clip­per ship, was a friend of hers for three gen­er­a­tions. “That’s why the bench,” she said. Park com­mit­tee mem­bers David Sol­lows and Jean Clulee stand be­hind.

Three large play mounds in the cen­ter of the park pro­vide climb­ing and rolling op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­it­ing young­sters.

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