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Centennial Park in Baie Verte starting to look like a million bucks

Will Quigley takes a trip down the slide.
Will Quigley takes a trip down the slide.

BAIE VERTE, NL — It has been years since children’s laughter and screams of joy have rung out at Centennial Park playground in Baie Verte like they are now.  

Years of dedication and effort from community volunteers have led to the installment of a new playground in the centre of town.

Ella Quigley loves hanging around the new playground.

A Centennial Park Committee was formed in 2014 with a mandate to revitalize the park area. It was determined upgrades to the Sam Blagdon Memorial Trail and the playground area were the first priorities.

Clearing along the walking trail, spreading crush stone, increasing viewing areas and the placing of benches were completed. The remaining section will be finalized in the near future.

Prior to this summer, the work at the playground consisted of tearing down the dilapidated structures long past its prime. Unfortunately, that left the park without a playground for an extended period of time.

Finally, the playground is equipped with top-notch structures and the children are playing and laughing again. The new pieces include a large play structure for children aged five-12, new swing set consisting of two baby swings, three adult-size swings and an accessible swing, toddler’s section, seesaw, digger and an abacus board.

Beautification work will continue at the location over the coming weeks.

Ben Quigley, twin brother of Will, enjoys playing in the sand at the playground.

“It is great to see all the little kids out enjoying it,” said committee chair Stephanie Barrett. “It definitely has made the community a bit brighter.”

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided a grant for the playground, but the town’s portion came through a number of fundraising ventures and corporate donations. Barrett said it was great to see the community help make this happen.

The playground is unofficially opened to the public, but a grand opening is expected later this summer.

“This community is run on volunteers,” she said. “So, it was nice to see.”

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