By Amy Woolvett
Despite a slight fizzle, the Shelburne Playground Society has not died.
In fact, they have funding in the bank and are passionate to build a playground in Shelburne both safe and fun for families.
Unfortunately, a series of hiccups in volunteer and committee member commitments have left the group struggling.
The primary need at this point is more community interest and volunteers willing to help as they fundraise and plan a playground in Shelburne.
“We were ready to shut the doors,” said Heather Strang the chair of the committee. “There were only a few people doing the majority of the work.”
The Town of Shelburne has committed $1000 grant that has sat untouched while the committee tried to get organized.
“What we need is more volunteers,” said Strang.
She and her husband Robert, both committed to bringing a playground to the area know it is something the community wants and hopes those people will pitch in to make it a reality.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Men’s Room at the Shelburne Community Centre there will be a joint public meet and greet through the Town of Shelburne Community Participation and Volunteerism Committee and the Shelburne Playground Society.
The meeting will be for residents interested in supporting and improving parks and green spaces with the town.
It is still open for where the playground would go. Either the George Street playground, where a playground is already established or the King Street green space beside the King Street Community Centre, where it is more visible and easy to access.
Some of the issues with the George Street park have been addressed. A light was installed and police have stepped up their patrols to the area in order to keep vandals out of the park.
Timbermart, Swansburg Lanes and carpenter Eric Doucet have all contributed to helping improve the park.
“The more people we can get the stronger the society will get,” said Heather.
She said she also wants to see children get involved and take pride in the building of their community.
As a society, the group is fully able to access grant money that may be floating out there to help with their cause.
Already they have found a well-priced supplier for the equipment but want the communities input on where it should go and how they want it to look. They are also seeking corporate support to help pay for the equipment.
“Our purpose is to fundraise and improve for betterment of the park,” said Heather. “We want people to know we are here and what our mission is and to take part.”