Construction to begin this summer thanks to grants
TRURO - Work is set to begin on the Aberdeen Street Community Park this summer thanks to numerous grants and donations.
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Miles, Eve and Angeline Carreau have already been climbing the rocks at the Aberdeen Street Community Park that were donated by Will-Kare Paving. The rocks work on the theme of a natural play space in the park.
Grant requests to the province's Department of Health and Wellness, as well as the Municipality of Colchester County and the Town of Truro, were approved, which will see the majority of the earthwork, equipment purchasing and installation done.
"Parks and recreation spaces cost much more than we think so the funding sources do not stop there," said DeAnne Pelchat, the school and development agent with École acadienne de Truro where the park will be located. "We are looking to make this park as community based as possible, and use the skills and resources of local companies to make this park a true symbol of Truro and the surrounding areas."
Along with grant approvals, the park received a heavy donation thanks to Will-Kare Paving - large boulders that will be placed around the park for users to sit and climb on if so desired.
"To some people this donation was simply a bunch of rocks, but to us that is a priceless donation that goes directly towards the theme of the natural play space," said Pelchat. "We are very grateful that Will-Kare wants to be part of our project."
The tender process for the rest of the earthwork is now underway, and the park should be in operation this fall. It will include two hill slides, tree trunks to climb on, an amphitheatre, and outdoor classroom in the shape of an Acadian aboiteau, and a walking trail. Other elements such as a boat, human sundial and a large wigwam frame should be in place by next summer for all to use.
The ground breaking for the park was done back in May as the students celebrated Arbor Day with Don Cameron of the Department of Natural Resources and the Truro Tree Committee. During the ceremony, a sugar maple tree was planted on the grounds and more will be planted to allow the school to tap the trees later on in maturity.
The park will be about two acres in size and a baseball diamond that was in disrepair was to be disassembled and a basketball court resurfaced.
The project has an estimated cost of $350,000.