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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.

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What’s new in Lockwood??

Generous community members (who wish to be anonymous) have donated a bit of fun and colour to the park.  You will find this wonderful surprise nestled in the trees close to the children’s playground.  We are planning a “name the dog” contest with the two schools this fall.  If you have a suggestion of our own, send it to me!

red dog

The Stage at Lockwood is for everyone to enjoy!

The list submitted to Trillium for potential users of the stage was long and it is the hope of all of us at Town Hall and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee that everyone takes the opportunity to use it.  For sure family picnics and reunions are high on the list.  Other suggestions are:  Westport Arts Council for MUSICWestport and other musical/drama events, community choir practice/performances, yoga/fitness, summer youth camps,  live Shakespearean theatre or other live performances (high school?), art shows, heritage day festival, Remembrance Day Service, July 1st celebrations, adult band practice/performance, Open Mic Music nights, Movie nights and on and on.

There is no fee to use the stage, but you need to reserve it by contacting Patti Mueller at pmueller@villageofwestport.ca or call her at 2191.

Scott Blair and his crew have done an incredible job of building this stage.  Benches will be added soon, however the lack of those shouldn’t interfere with your activity.

Enjoy the summer in your park!

When the going gets tough…

This afternoon, in heat that felt like 40 degrees, a few brave souls laid hundreds of rolls of sod at Lockwood Park.  The goal was to finish off the landscaping around the natural playground, cenotaph, basketball court and stage before Canada Day.  And the goal was reached.  Thanks to Green Street Challenge and Elizabeth Hess for the sod.

And who were the brave souls who defied the heat to get the job done?  I want to thank, Paul and Heather Snider, Mark and Miriam Snider, Phil and Maureen and Matthew Young, Peter Evans, Derek Palmer and Elizabeth Hess.

Come see for yourself!  July 1st @ 1:30.  Official Opening of the stage by The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the announcement of the 2018 Senior of the Year take place before we kick off the Canada Day parade.

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

If you can spare a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon to lay sod in Lockwood park, please join us at Fetch Murphy Way and Main St at 4:00 p.m.

The Green Street Challenge is occurring on Saturday, June 30 at Fetch Murphy Way.  The sod will be laid on the road in the morning and children of all ages are invited to come and play throughout the day.  The Fire Fighters will be hosting a BBQ at the spring as well.

At the end of the event, Green Street Challenge donates the sod to the host.  This means we can finish some of the projects at Lockwood park and lay sod around the stage and basketball court, including the berm beside the natural playground.

It is going to be a hot day and we are asking for volunteers to make the work go quicker.  There will be some fire fighters rolling up the sod beginning at 4:00 p.m.  If you can spare a couple of hours to help, all of the sod can be rolled up and then laid at the park.

Paul Snider, CAO/Clerk will be on site at Fetch Murphy Way at 4:00.  Please sign in with him if you can help us out.

Thank you.