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Updates on what’s happening in the ‘Port

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.

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Beef Dinner Fund Raiser for the park was a huge success

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.

2nd Annual Merrickville Heritage Classic

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.Merrickville.JPG

Welcome to our Park!

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.

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The Lockwood Memorial Field and Park Renewal has begun in Westport!

The current and previous Village of Westport Councils gave strong support to developing Lockwood Memorial Field and Park into a place that will welcome everyone and be inclusive for people of all ages, all mental and physical abilities and where they can enjoy a peaceful day or one full of activities with family and friends.

The plan for the revitalization of the park is built upon the results of the Lockwood Memorial Park survey completed in 2014, which had a significant return rate of 35%,  and includes:  a walking path, stage area for the arts and family gatherings, spray pad for children, ageless playground/fitness area, Cenotaph relocation with a memorial walk, basketball court, improvements to the baseball field, picnic and leisure areas and gardens.  This plan was approved by Council earlier this year and has been used to apply for provincial and federal grants and in correspondence from the Mayor to Lockwood Foundation asking for funding.  The planning considerations for the government grant applications require the park to be open 12 months a year; to be accessible for people of all ages, all physical and mental abilities and all community groups; and that future arts, leisure and tourism events and programming can occur.

Over the next 6 weeks, the final steps in the demolition of the tennis courts and shuffleboard will be completed in Lockwood Memorial Field and Park.  Last Thursday, the new owner of the shuffleboard fencing removed it and the tennis court fencing owner will do the same by Labour Day.  The Village is tendering for removal of asphalt in the tennis and shuffleboard courts as well as for the construction of the walkway around the park.  This work will be completed in 2016.  Plans are proceeding to move the cenotaph in 2017 from its current location in front of the fire hall to be front and centre inside the Memorial Gates at the George Street entrance to Lockwood Memorial Field and Park.

The Village is applying for federal and provincial grants for sources of revenue. However, so far the renewal of Lockwood Memorial Field into a park that we all can enjoy is being funded through donations.  Generous donations.

The Lockwood Foundation has committed $100,000 to the Village over the next 4 years.  In 2016, they have given $25,000.  The Village needs to raise additional funds in 2017 – 2019 to receive the rest of the grant money. The continued support from the Lockwood Foundation is deeply appreciated and vital to building a sustainable park.

Individual donations from community members are helping move the projects along.  To date, donations of $1,000 have been received from Kim and Rick Bonner, The Cove Country Inn and Robin Jones.  Rob and Marianne Roberts and Seasons of Westport have helped out with $500 each.  David Egan provided architectural support and you will see his work in the professional drawing of the renewal plan for the park.

Moving the Cenotaph is the Village’s Sesquicentennial Project, a decision supported by Branch 542 of the Royal Canadian Legion.  The relocation of the cenotaph will help us remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we enjoy the freedoms we have.  A generous donation from Gregory and Susan (Hamilton) Guichon of $10,000 covers 50% of moving the cenotaph to its new location inside the Memorial gates.  Mr and Mrs Guichon have become involved in the Village, helping out in a variety of ways and picking up where Dr Hamilton left off.  In particular, this donation from the Guichons, which will help move the cenotaph to a prime location in the park, builds upon the deep Hamilton family service to Westport.  Dr Hamilton helped shape the Village of Westport through his unfailing dedication and service to the Westport area from the early years of the 1900s until his death in 1955.

How can you help with the renewal of Lockwood Memorial Field?  For the month of August, Kudrinko’s Country Grocer will be holding a Twoonie Month.  Your cashier will ask if you would like to donate $2 to the park.  Please consider helping.  You could ‘Be the Spark – in Lockwood Park.’  Thanks Neil and Martha!

To see a diagram of the plans, you can drop by Town Hall or the front display panel outside of the Arena. There will be an Open House in the next couple of months to provide you with further information.

If you have any questions about the Lockwood Memorial Field and Park renewal, please contact the Councillor of your choice or Mayor Robin Jones.