Bible Hill Kinsmen keep on giving to Victoria Park

Published on May 8, 2017

Kinsmen recently got together to check out the new sign at the Victoria Park playground. The club has been supporting the playground since 1952. Gathered around the sign are, from left, James Faulkner, Andrew St Coeur, Quinn McCarthy, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Kin Canada President James Doerr, John Spears, David Gillis, Bible Hill Kinsmen President Peter Taylor and Geoff Hamlin.

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TRURO, N.S. – Members of the Bible Hill Kinsmen Club now have a sign recognizing their contribution to Victoria Park.

The Kinsmen play area was built in 1952, with swings and a few other pieces of equipment. Support from groups such as Kinsmen, Kinettes, Lions and the YMCA enabled a swimming pool to be added in 1959.

During the 1970s the Kinsmen established the Dr. Jim Vibert Trail, and they contributed to upgrades to the baseball diamond, washrooms and tennis courts. The Kinsmen and Truro Parks Recreation and Culture joined to provide a spray park in 1998.

“Serving the community’s greatest needs is what we try to do, and in every community it’s something different,” said Kinsmen Canada President James Doerr. “This is my first visit to the park and it’s nice to see what’s been done.”

Doerr, from Thunder Bay, stopped by during a tour of Atlantic Canada.

A couple of years ago the Bible Hill Kinsmen made a five-year commitment of $25,000 toward the playground improvements.