In 2016, Westport Village Council determined that its 2017 Sesquicentennial project would be moving the cenotaph from the fire hall parking lot to a prime location in Lockwood Memorial Field and Park. Today, under the supervision of Josh Doornekamp, the move was completed. Although there is still lots to do to get the area ready for November 11, you can already see why we felt it was important to move the cenotaph to this new location.
The park is also about to get the first phase of its playground. Mr Paul Snider, our CAO, and a group of amazing volunteers will be building the playground on Saturday. Wow!
Take a moment to come to the park. Walk a few laps on the track, sit on one of the benches and visit with friends and family and take a moment to enjoy this jewel in the middle of the village.
I got home from holidays on Monday night and had a wonderful time. Thanks for all your kind thoughts and emails.
Now … here in the Village there is lots going on. Let’s start with the progress on the build of the new waste water system. You have likely seen lots of Tackaberry trucks on County Rd 42 over the past 6 or 7 days. They are moving 77,000 tons of sand from their quarry in Seelys Bay to the waste water site. Although the contractor got off to a slow start, Paul Snider and I met with him on Tuesday and he is confident that the project will be finished on the contracted completion date of November 21, 2017.
Lots of work done by FOTA at the Arena this summer. You won’t recognize it when you go inside. The east wall has been insulated and painted, the seats have been painted and raised so that every seat has a good view of the ice, new zamboni door installed and press box is being built next week. The Rideaus Alumni held a fund raiser on Saturday night and through the generosity of so many people, with special mention to Jimmy Howard, raised enough money to buy a new scoreboard that will sit above centre ice. Come out and support the Rideaus this year .. first home game is next Friday.
Lockwood Park – second phase – is well under way. Josh Doornekamp and his crew are moving the cenotaph from the fire hall parking lot to inside the Memorial Gates at the George St entrance and building the children’s playground with the help of volunteers. And speaking of the Memorial Gates, the left pillar was straightened today – seriously!! The cement pad for the cenotaph is in place so we get an idea of how the cenotaph will look once it is moved. Definitely a place of honour for those who gave their lives for the freedom of our country. The hole has been dug for the natural playground and I hope that the structure will be built in the next couple of weeks.
I feel it is important to remind you that no tax dollars are being spent on the improvements at the arena or park. The volunteers who make up the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Friends of the Arena spend hours fund raising and rolling up their sleeves to get the work done. It takes vision, commitment and love of our community to accomplish what has been achieved at the arena and park. Thank you to ALL of the volunteers who work on behalf of the Village and to those of you who give so generously when asked to buy a ticket, bid on a silent auction, attend a fundraiser and so many other events. Working together, members of Council and the public, we can accomplish whatever we put our minds to. I am so proud to be your Mayor.
Last night, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to Council hosted a dinner to raise funds for the ongoing work at the Lockwood Memorial Field and Park. The dinner was held at the Lions Club Beach House and it was the perfect venue on a warm spring day.
Hats off to the Kudrinko and Pringle families who donated all of the food. Seriously – thank you for your generosity.
Great work pulling this together with Councillor Frank Huth leading the way. There was a host of volunteers helping to ensure that everyone enjoyed a great supper and silent auction. Thank you to all of you.
And to the members of our community, who always come through and donate generously, you raised over $2700 towards this year’s improvement to the park, which is a children’s playground. Lockwood Foundation will match that amount, so overall the dinner has raised $5400.
What an amazing night, thank you to everyone.
Spent the early morning in Merrickville with Merrickville-Wolford Mayor David Nash, MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark. Fantastic event – over 300 participants. Congratulations to the organizers.
Steve is going to the Lions Club Beach House tonight for dinner and support the Lockwood Memorial Field and Park fund raiser. If you see him, perhaps you could shake his hand and thank him for all of the support he has given the Village this past year in regard to the waste water treatment plant.
The path was completed in Lockwood Memorial Field and Park this week. Come out and enjoy a stroll – or a jog – on our new 1/4 mile path. Yes – for fitness buffs, 4 times around the path is 1 mile! Westport in Bloom will be placing a few of the heavy park benches beside the path so that you can take a break and enjoy the “green” in the middle of the Village. With the tennis court and shuffleboard fences removed and those surfaces replaced with grass, the park – well – it now looks like a park!
Next year, the cenotaph will be relocated inside the George St gates and we have applied for a grant that will allow us to build a playground near the firehall. No tax dollars have been used for the Lockwood Memorial Field and Park regeneration – grants and donations have and will continue to cover the costs. Many thanks to our generous donors and to the Village’s hard working staff .
Here is the view from George St.