The municipality of Alleyn-et-Cawood (Danford Lake) held a ribbon cutting for the new park improvements in the Henry Heeny Memorial park on Saturday, July 1, as part of their Canada Day celebrations. Vendors were on site promoting local products; free lemonade, popsicles, snow cones and face painting were all part of the excitement.
This project was a collaboration between the municipality, Recreation Association and other local organizations who contributed fundraising proceeds and applied for government grants. “It takes a village, and you have a great village of support,” said Warden Jane Toller.
Improvements included upgrading the park with play structures, installing four toilets and change rooms and funding an annual summer day camp. Future projects were announced including electric car charging stations; baseball, basketball, tennis & beach volleyball courts; a pavilion and walking trails. An addition to the municipal office is planned for the fall including office space and a new, larger chamber for meetings, freeing up space for the library; a community gym will be in the basement.
In the last few years over $600,000 was also invested towards local road networks, most of which was grant money. A new committee will be formed later this summer including a public information session for the Mont O’Brien project which will focus on developing the road network, building outhouses, walking trails and signage. The council expressed their thanks for the support of volunteers, and the government, which allocated funding to the projects.