Doing Amazing Things
Foster Hewitt Memorial Park, June 25, 2016
The Beaverton Lions 2016 Project plans to overhaul the playground equipment at the Harbour.
We want to ensure that our children have modern, safe equipment that will help them lead active, healthy lives.
The new equipment, which will include an accessible surface, is set to be installed in June 2016. The project will cost in excess of $80,000.
The costs will be covered through the clubs' fundraising events, such as the Elimination Draw and the Shoot for Hoot ball hockey tournament.
The Township has already purchased two pieces of accessible equipment through last year's budget and the pieces have been integrated in the overall design.
Skate Park 2014
Fifteen years ago the Beaverton Lions built a beautiful skate park, but after 15 years of heavy use it was tired, falling apart and had to be removed in Fall 2012. The park lay empty for over a year and youth had to resort to travelling to nearby towns to use their skate parks or ride the streets of Beaverton. We realized that this skate park was about much more than just skateboard ramps and rails. This skate park is a haven for local youth riders who want to safely practice their sport, learn from other riders and socialize with others. It was important to us to engage the youth in designing a new park. With consultation from a group of local youth the Beaverton Lions Club enlisted the help of ABC Recreation and Skatewave Skate Park Systems. The goal was to design a new skate park that would meet the needs of our local boarders. A promise was made to the youth to have their park back by May 2014.
Fundraising began for the $78,000 project with generous donations from community businesses and residents, Grants received from the Township of Brock Annual Golf Tournament, as well as proceeds from our annual Shoot for Hoot Ball Hockey Tournament, Elimination Draw and Family Fun Draw.
On May 24, we brought back the park. Showing up for 7am on a Saturday, over 30 volunteers consisting of Lions Club members, local residents, youth, parents, grandparents and ABC Recreation. We had an amazing community build project, where together we assembled the skate ramp modules and cleaned the park. By 3pm, the youth were skate boarding once again and showed pride in the knowledge that they helped to make it happen
Beaverton Harbour Park Project Phase 1 June 29, 2013
In 2012, Lion Randy Skinner had a vision of transforming the underutilized Beaverton Harbor into a place for friends and neighbours to gather with their children to socialize and enjoy the outdoors by installing an 1,800 sq ft splash pad. The splash pad was designed to be accessible for people with disabilities and allow children to enhance their strength, agility and motor skills along with their social skills.
The first donation for this $200,000 project was from Lion Randy himself, with a $2000 endowment that he received for the Harold Lodwick Citizenship Award. Funding assistance was secured from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, South Lake Simcoe Community Futures Corporation and the Foster Hewitt Foundation. The community was behind the project from the beginning with local families donating $1500 from a penny drive along with
generous donations from numerous local businesses and community organizations.
Beaverton Lions used monies raised from our annual Elimination Draw and other fundraising activities and combined with a generous community and government support, Randy’s vision became a reality. The Splash Pad was opened
June 29, 2013.
Beaverton Harbour Park Project Phase 2 – June 2014
In our ongoing efforts to ensure the splash pad remains an outstanding destination, benches and accessible picnic tables were installed in 2014 for our visitor’s comfort. To encourage kids to keep the park clean, a number of themed critter garbage cans were also installed.
At the annual Splash Pad opening “Community BBQ” in June 2014, the park was then officially named The Beaverton Lions, “Randy Skinner Family Splash Pad” in honour of Randy’s vision and efforts to make the splash pad a reality.
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