Flaghill Park re­opens to cam­pers

The Southern Gazette - - EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT -

The Town of Grand le Pierre has re­opened its ‘ Flaghill Park’ camp­ground.

The com­mu­nity park was orig­i­nally opened in 1971-72 un­der the direc­tion of the town coun­cil of the day, chaired by Mayor Ed­ward G. Fiz­zard.

The park had fallen into dis­use over the years and the coun­cil de­cided to redo the park in 2010 with fund­ing through provin­cial govern­ment em­ploy­ment pro­grams – JCP and Com­mu­nity En­hance­ment Pro­grams – along with com­mu­nity vol­un­teers. An re­open­ing was held in July 2010 but Hur­ri­cane Igor caused more de­struc­tion leav­ing the park un­us­able.

Work re­sumed last year and June 8 this year the coun­cil for­mally re­opened the park with up­wards to 20 camp­sites in place. Some five more sites will be de­vel­oped for over­flow. Most have wa­ter ser­vices.

Dur­ing the site prepa­ra­tion, work­ers un­cov­ered the orig­i­nal town plaque in an old fire pit rec- og­niz­ing the decades ago.

The park is lo­cated on the east­ern out­skirts of the com­mu­nity.

Cur­rent Mayor Wil­loughby Bolt and his coun­cil hosted an of­fi­cial opening with Belle­vue MHA Calvin Peach at­tend­ing. Former Mayor Ed­ward Fiz­zard’s grand­son Bai­ley Fiz­zard also par­tic­i­pated in the opening cer­e­mony this month.

Those cam­pers wish­ing to book a site at the park can con­tact Mayor Bolt at (709) 662-2116.

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Photo Sub­mit­ted

The rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony for the Grand le Pierre ‘Flaghill Park’ June 8 in­cluded (from left): Coun. Julie Mitchell-Labour, Mayor Wil­loughby Bolt, MHA Calvin Peach, Couns. Charles Hickey, Bon­nie Bolt, deputy-mayor Robert James and Coun. Howard Labour.

A plaque found in the Grand le Pierre ‘Flaghill Park’ rec­og­niz­ing the coun­cil of the day (1971-72) for its start up of the com­mu­nity park.

Mayor Wil­loughby Bolt and MHA Calvin Peach listed to Grand le Pierre first mayor Ed­ward G. Fiz­zard’s grand­son Bai­ley read a mes­sage from Ran­dom-Burin-St. Ge­orge’s MP Judy Foote.

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