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“Take me out to the ball game….”

Volunteers from the Westport Men’s Fastball team and Westport Minor ball have spent many hours last fall and again the past few weeks giving the ball diamond in Lockwood Park much needed maintenance.  Stone dust has been spread in the infield, topsoil and grass seed spread in the low spots in the outfield.  Next on the list is to replace a few lights.   Thanks to all of the local companies who donated equipment and supplies and to all of the volunteers for rolling up their sleeves.  The baseball diamond looks great.

I want to remind everyone that the baseball diamond may be used as an off-lead dog park from November 1 – April 30.  The by-law prohibits dogs being off-lead from May 1 – October 31.  Thank you for your cooperation.




Village of Westport successful in obtaining Ontario Trillium Fund Grant.

The Ontario Trillium Fund has awarded the Village a $56,500 grant to build an accessible, covered stage in Lockwood Memorial Field and Park.  The grant covers all costs including the installation of electrical and landscaping.  Village Council & Staff and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee are pleased that Westport was successful in this very competitive process and have thanked the Ontario Trillium Fund for its support.

The improvements to Lockwood Memorial Field and Park over the past three years have only been possible through fund raising and grants.  The 2015 grant from Lockwood Foundation has been a significant boon and enabled the Village to implement its plan for the park.  No tax dollars have been spent on the improvements.

The stage will be used to bring groups and people together for arts, cultural and heritage festivals and family events.  Community groups and members will now have a venue to bring people together – regardless of the weather.

The project has been awarded to Scott Blair Construction and it is our expectation that it will be operational this summer.

How exciting!!!!!!


The best community to be part of, absolutely THE best

What a week-end here in the Village.  It started last night with the Rideaus winning their Friday night game and ending up alone in 1st place in their Division.  Tons of talent on this team!!!!

Saturday morning began with our one of a kind pharmacist, Tracey Phillips, arranging for a morning of shock and awe – that would be the demolition of Ducks!!!!  Many of you lined Concession St to watch the team from Hales take down the much loved, well worn building.  Tracey and Paul offered to raise money for FOTA.  For each brick sold (or donation made if people didn’t want a brick) as a souvenir they will match dollar for dollar.  As I type this, over $1000 has been donated – which means $2000 for FOTA.  Thank you Tracey and Paul.

And then the main event – Light up Lockwood.  If you weren’t there, you have to close your eyes and imagine 1200 pumpkins in the middle of the parking lot beside the baseball diamond at 2:00 p.m.  Add in about 100+ community members,  armed with knives and other sharp tools, and watch the fun as all of the pumpkins are carved and placed throughout the park.  My team includes Kim Bonner, Rob and Marianne Roberts, Ann Savage, Lisa Jackson, Nancy Mattice and Paul Snider.  And at 7:00 p.m., keep your eyes closed, picture 1200 pumpkins – and everyone one of them lit up … pumpkins on the spectator stands, on the playground, on the cenotaph, on the hill beside Concession St, and all the way around the path in the park.  WOW!!!!!!  Great work, John and Cynthia Pringle and Heather Huth.

As I said, the BEST community to be part of, absolutely THE best.

1st base stands

The natural children’s playground is one huge step closer to being ready!

A work bee today (Sept 30) in Lockwood Park saw one huge hole in the ground, 60 cedar long logs,  sunny autumn weather and with the hard work of 9 amazing volunteers turn into the skeleton of our playground.  Next week the hole will be filled with stones and then the finishing touches can be done to the structure.  (So it is still a construction area!).

Many thanks to Paul Snider, Mark Snider, Heather Snider,  Ike Doornekamp, Peter Vanderschuit, Frank Huth,  Bob Popma, Dave Bylsma and Paul and Henry Millar.