Work con­tin­u­ing on Cen­tre­ville park com­plex

BMX bike track soon to be added as de­vel­op­ment con­tin­ues

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

It’s known as a good place to live and grow and it keeps get­ting bet­ter for young fam­i­lies as the de­vel­op­ment of the Cen­tre­ville Com­mu­nity and Dis­trict Park con­tin­ues.

Cen­tre­ville Park and Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion president Ge­orge Graves said that com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have done a lot of work to im­prove the park in re­cent years. This has been ac­com­plished with the sup­port of grants from the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Kings.

Projects have in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of new play­ground equip­ment, up­grad­ing trails to make them ac­ces­si­ble and the ad­di­tion of an ac­ces­si­ble gazebo with pic­nic ta­bles and benches.

There have also been sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tions to the build­ing, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of ac­ces­si­ble wash­rooms. The group is cur­rently ex­pand­ing the park­ing area and the next pro­ject is to build a new BMX bike track.

Not in­tended for mo­tor­ized use, the track will be shaped like a horse­shoe, about 25 feet wide and 95 feet long. It will in­clude step jumps and rollers. Graves said Hugh Witty of Cen­tre­ville would be do­ing a lot of the work and con­struc­tion will soon be­gin.

Graves said the cat­a­lyst for the pro­ject was the level of in­ter­est ex­pressed by chil­dren in the com­mu­nity. There are a lot of kids who cur­rently use the park for bik­ing and sev­eral have asked about get­ting a track.

“We want it done for them when they get out of school,” Graves said.

He said the group isn’t cer­tain yet ex­actly what it will cost but it’s hoped mu­nic­i­pal grant money will be avail­able to cover part of the ex­pense. A fundraiser will be held for the re­main­der.

Other work soon to take place in­cludes the up­grad­ing a trail con­nect­ing to Saxon Street with crusher dust and the in­stal­la­tion of six heavy duty benches in the area. Graves said the group also plans to cut back some of the trees to widen the trail. He also hopes to get some fenc­ing put in be­tween the new park­ing area and Sher­man Belcher Road and bring in more wood chips to put around the play­ground equip­ment.

The play­ground was of­fi­cially opened as part of Cen­tre­ville Days in 2015. This was the cul­mi­na­tion of more than two years of effort on the part of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers. It cost ap­prox­i­mately $54,000 to build, but the price would have been closer to $115,000 with­out in-kind sup­port and do­na­tions.

The com­mu­nity park com­plex, also known as the Percy A. Ly­di­ard Park, is ap­prox­i­mately 40 acres in size. It in­cludes base- ball and soc­cer fields and a large wooded area with a net­work of trails. Graves said there is am­ple space for more ad­di­tions in the fu­ture.

KIRK STARRATT

Cen­tre­ville Park and Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion president Ge­orge Graves with the plan for a BMX bike track that will soon be added to the Cen­tre­ville Com­mu­nity and Dis­trict Park com­plex.

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