© Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass
The Small Point Community Playground was officially re-opened on Aug. 25. The process started two years ago and the recreation committee raised some $21,000 for new equipement. Members of the Small Point-Broad Cove-Black Head-Adam's Cove recreation committee are (l-r): Tina Bursey, Denise Reynolds, Marie Kennell, Wanda Priddle, Robyn Kelloway and Shelly Hogan. Missing from the photo is Christine Whalen.
What was once a barren field in Small Point-Blackhead-Broad Cove-Adam’s Cove is now full of life.
On Aug. 15, the Small Point Community Playground was officially re-opened much to the delight of the community’s younger population.
Where once a set of dilapidated playground equipment sat unused, the new playground is full of smiling faces and joyous laughter.
Serving the community of Small Point-Broad Cove-Black Head-Adam’s Cove and the surrounding area, the playground is a 180-degree turn from what it was.
On this afternoon, the couple dozen children take turns trying out the new equipment.
Costing some $21,000 to install, there is more than enough to keep every child smiling and laughing.
While some are using the slide and sand box to full advantage, others are having their parents push them as high as they can on the swing set. There is even a wooden train all set up for children to crawl over and through at a moment’s notice.
One of the most popular is the blue infinity climber in the middle of the playground. Child after child climb to the top, only to come around the rest of the play structure to try again.
Not lost in the shuffle are the smiles of parents and grandparents as they view the scene playing out in front of them.
The playground is alive again.
With the smell of grilling moose burgers wafting through the air and an ample supply of donuts at the ready, the opening is something that has been two years in the making.
Tina Bursey is a member of the Small Point-Broad Cove-Black Head-Adam’s Cove recreation committee.
She has been at the forefront of the playground movement, along with the rest of the committee, since the beginning.
“We’ve worked really hard,” said Bursey.
The community at large has played a huge role in helping make the dream of a new playground a reality.
All of the money raised came from the support of local residents and businesses.
“Whatever they could do to help out they did,” said Bursey. “It is amazing. There is no other word for it.”
Not finished yet
The recreation committee sees this re-opening as phase 1 of a three-part project to inject even more life into the playground.
There are plans to have a basketball court installed, as well as a walking trail around the site.
That will involve more fundraising on the part of the committee.
“We’re hoping to have that started next spring,” said Bursey.
The park has come a long way in such a short period of time, and it does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
The dozens of children utilizing the facility show that it is something that was desperately needed in the north shore community.
So, what does it mean to have this new park open?
“It’s beyond words,” said Bursey.