In 2020, the Village was contacted by the National Wall of Remembrance Association who proposed to undertake the full restoration of the Woman’s Institute of Westport plaque, which is part of the Memorial Gate entrance to Lockwood Park at George St. This plaque recognizes Westport men who paid the ultimate price during the First World War.
If you walk by this park entrance, you will see that it has been returned to its long held position on the gates, albeit it still covered and protected. We plan on an “official unveiling” once COVID public safety rules allow for a crowd to gather, however wanted to share this wonderful story of patriotism and generosity by the National Wall of Remembrance Association.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.”
St Paul’s Anglican Church held its Sunday service in the park today (July 7). The parishioners loved being outdoors and improvised skit in lieu of the formal sermon under the direction of Dr Ward, their priest. A pot luck followed the service and then onto the entertainment including another skit and “name that tune” game.
If you are interested in having your family, church or community organization picnic or gathering in the park, please contact Patti Mueller – email@example.com to book the stage area.
As the US Postal Creed goes ….”Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom”, this was the same commitment from Peter Evans, Public Works Supervisor, to get the swings open for the week-end. And with the help from Derek and Jamie, they are!
The rain has slowed down the completion of the spinner, hopefully some dry weather will allow the cement to cure so the mulch can be put in place. Still some cleaning up to do, but the swings are in use. Thank you Peter, Derek and Jamie and Dave from Aarde!
And look who I found enjoying themselves this afternoon?
Lots of great improvements were made to Lockwood this year, including the new stage and the basketball court. The court took three kicks to get it right! After the court was finished to our specs, a keen basketball player suggested adding another 7′ to its length creating a full half court. We agreed and he volunteered to do the concrete pad. Amazing. This past week the final work was completed when the fence was built. Thank you Josh Doornekamp, Frank Huth, Joel Kimmel and the rest of the 2014-2018 Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Public Works Supervisor Peter Evans.
Remember, no tax dollars have been used for the improvements to the park. Lockwood Foundation gave a generous grant 4 years ago that required matching dollars to be fund raised by the Village. And the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and others did it! Fantastic Team! Thank you.
When Dancing Moon Gallery and Tea Room told me this summer that they wanted to donate a 13-ton piece of marble to the Village for Lockwood Park, I was thrilled. CAO Paul Snider and I checked it out where it was being stored and we were even more impressed once we saw the beauty that only nature can create.
The past several months have been spent trying to arrange for this amazing 13-ton gift to be transported to the park. Without the strong support of Paul Rodgers and Tackaberry & Sons Construction, that wouldn’t have happened. But it did – on Wednesday this week.
Thank you again, Tara and John. We are hoping to arrange for a sculptor to work in-situ this summer. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.