Lockwood Park needs your VOTES!

Every child deserves to feel exhilarated and experience new sights, sounds and textures.  It is important that a playground not only meet accessibility standards, it must also provide engaging experiences for all kids to play alongside one another, regardless of their abilities.

The Village has submitted its application for a $10,000 AVIVA grant.  The winners are determined by the number of email votes received for the project.

If successful, the funds will be used to provide accessible playground equipment in Lockwood Park.  Five years ago our park was an ignored green space in the middle of the Village, with the exception of the ball diamond.  Since that time volunteers have fund raised and applied for grants to transform it into a place for sports, leisure and family gatherings. In 2018, a natural playground was built for children without physical challenges and in 2019 we want to continue the inclusive playground development .

For children with challenges, we need an accessible play area and wheelchair-accessible playground equipment so they can play and be children, just like everyone else. Play is crucial for human development, the growth of social skills and self-confidence.

For other children, using playground equipment designed with disabled children in mind can also offer big benefits, such as encourages empathy and other skills that will benefit children throughout their entire lives.  Adults who have mobility issues can benefit from wheelchair-accessible playgrounds because these playgrounds allow them to go to the park with their children and grandchildren.

Although Lockwood Park is in the Village of Westport, it is used by many people who live in the township and visitors/tourists.

PLEASE – share this with your family, friends, work colleagues.  And encourage them to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

Here is the information you will need.  Please share the link!  Thank you.

Our idea number is 18-327 and the unique link to your idea page is https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/18-327.

Advertisements

Congratulations Fire Fighter Matthew Younge

On May 11, 2018, the Ontario Provincial Police and Rideau Lakes Fire Fighters responded to a submerged vehicle at a boat launch in North Crosby Township.  The driver was trapped in the vehicle approximately 50 metres from shore.

The police officer and fire fighter Matthew Younge worked together and entered the water and were able to retrieve the female and bring her to shore.

Matthew was recently awarded the Ontario Award for Bravery at the OPP Honours and Awards ceremony held in Kingston.  We are proud of you, Matthew!

Matthew with OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes and others that you all know!!!

OPP Honours and Awards - Matt Younge

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS presentation open to the public -Monday @ 11:00

The Village partnered with the Township of Wollaston-Coe Hill (Hastings County) earlier this year to participate in the First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE).  This programme is sponsored by the provincial government through OMAFRA.

FICE is a program that has participants visit the other community and record their impressions to offer the host community a new perspective on the strengths and weaknesses from an outsider’s perspective.

Please join us at 11:00 on Monday, September 17 in Town Hall.

Westport Council 2017/18

Although there are still a few months until the new Council begins in December, I wanted a photo that included CAO/Clerk Paul Snider and Treasurer Anne-Marie Koiner.  You have both added your experiences, professionalism and enthusiasm to making Town Hall a more responsive and friendlier place for the public.  Thank you both!

Watch for our Christmas photo that will include the new Council and all Village staff!

201718-council.jpg

Committed to community. Dedicated to progress.