Rotary, other groups team up to try and restore Centennial Park

 

The Rotary Club, the local Canadian Tire store and Bright Child Montessori are among the businesses and clubs working towards the restoration through various fundraisers such as next month’s Amherstburg Golf Classic, October’s Pumpkinville and last month’s A’burg Kids Fest. From left: Rotary Club president Lena Lazanja, Canadian Tire dealers Aimee and Jeff Levy and Bright Child Montessori co-owner John Tregaskiss.

The Rotary Club, the local Canadian Tire store and Bright Child Montessori are among the businesses and clubs working towards the restoration through various fundraisers such as next month’s Amherstburg Golf Classic, October’s Pumpkinville and last month’s A’burg Kids Fest. From left: Rotary Club president Lena Lazanja, Canadian Tire dealers Aimee and Jeff Levy and Bright Child Montessori co-owner John Tregaskiss.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Rotary Club has teamed with other businesses and organizations in town to try and renovate Centennial Park.

Rotary has partnered with Canadian Tire, Bright Child Montessori among others on the project. Events like the recent A’burg Kids Fest will see funds that are raised put towards that project, pending town council’s approval. The A’burg Kids Fest was a project undertaken by Bright Child Montessori, the Catz Meow Dance Education Centre, Kerri Brown Vocal Studio, Project Monster, the House of Shalom Youth Centre and the Mudpuppy Gallery. That group will also be presenting Pumpkinville Oct. 4 with proceeds also going towards the proposed Centennial Park project.

A portion of the proceeds from the Aug. 21 Amherstburg Golf Classic to be held again at Pointe West Golf Club will also be devoted to the project.

Rotary Club president Lena Lazanja said they are in the early stages of the project and are in talks with the town’s culture and recreation department on it. They are also drafting a plan that will be presented to town council.

As the project stands now, and if it is officially approved by the town, would be done in stages with portions like the skateboard park, track and field area and the transformation of the playground into a natural play area done individually. Canadian Tire franchise owner Jeff Levy believed there “is always going to be a need for park like this,” adding it is a “legacy project.” Jeff’s wife Aimee was credited for coming up with the idea for the proposed project with Aimee stating she spends a lot of time at Centennial Park with the couple’s children.

“It just seems it’s a need in this area,” she said.

John Tregaskiss, co-owner of Bright Child Montessori with wife Melissa, said they hope to raise $50,000 per year through the Amherstburg Golf Classic, Pumpkinville and the A’burg Kids Fest. He is hopeful that more sponsors and groups would get on board with the project, should it receive final approval from the town.

“We want to create a real asset for the town,” said Tregaskiss, adding the goal is to attract residents and visitors alike to events there.

Lazanja said the Rotary Club was supportive when the project was brought to the club.

“When Aimee brought it up, we said it would be a perfect fit,” said Lazanja.

Director of recreation and culture Dean Collver indicated that department is willing to listen and work with the group.

“We have committed to working through some planning of the refurbishment of components of Centennial Park,” said Collver. “They have indicated an interest in fundraising that would yield a positive improvement in that location. Any improvements would have to be approved by council, however, our department is thrilled to work with a proactive and positive group on putting these kinds of ideas in front of our council body.”

Collver added the group is “motivated and organized and I’m looking forward to seeing good things result.”

For more information on the project, contact Canadian Tire or Bright Child Montessori. For information on the golf tournament, visit www.amherstburggolf.com.

 

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