General · 26th June 2017
On June 21st we had a great afternoon at our Mini Grand Reopening of the Blenkin Park public playground. We have some really great amenities on this island, which were put together by dedicated community volunteers, as that’s what Quadra has always been about; this community supports each other and supports community initiatives. The longstanding unspoken Quadra motto has always been: Want something to happen on Quadra? Gather your friends, neighbours, family members and local businesses together and make it happen through volunteered vision, planning, fundraising and labour. Thanks to the many people who have come together and done this in the past we have some pretty amazing community spaces, such as our beautiful Community Centre and Blenkin Park facilities. Some of these spaces are gathering years and so were pleading for overhauls and refreshment. Our playground area near the Children’s Centre was one such space. We had a very old and albeit interestingly designed and much loved tire swing, it was at such an age that it no longer passed current playground inspection standards. We also have a beautiful little covered picnic shelter that was in need of some love. Luckily with great volunteer board members like our Outdoor Facilities Committee member Brian Simmons these outdoor amenities have been given new life and are now ready to last another 20-30 years. Brian spearheaded the revamp of this area and while we’d really like to say that we are thanking a large group of volunteers on this project, most of the work is really thanks to our superstar community volunteer Brian Simmons. Brian engineered the extraction of the log timber frame roof off of the aging picnic shelter (with the help of Quadra Builders and their HIAB) and replaced the rotting supports with new pressure treated posts, installed new proper concrete footings, put the roof structure back in place and replaced the rotting shingle roofing with an all new galvanized metal roof! He also dug the footings for the new Oodle swing, which replaced the old rotten tire swing. We were able to obtain this awesome new style of swing and the building materials for this project thanks to the support of the Regional District and our local area Park Technician Michael McGregor. Brian back-filled and reshaped the entire area to support proper drainage at the new swing site and enhanced lawn building around the area. We seeded it with grass and now the kids that use the playground have a grassy area to play and rest on; it’s now a nice and soft surface where there wasn’t one before. We partnered with the Children’s Centre to have a large custom picnic table made for the picnic shelter, which will now accommodate a large party of kids who can enjoy using the picnic space rain or shine. Most of all we’d really like to thank Brian and Teresa Simmons for all of their hard work and VERY valued volunteer time on this project. We’d also like to thank the Children’s Centre’s Dee McPhee and the rest of the staff for always being supportive, open and willing to work together with the Community Centre on things like volunteer recruitment and planning to make these things happen. Thanks go out to the owners and staff at Quadra Island Building Supply for donating trucking time to this project. We’d like to thank Director Jim Abram and the SRD staff for always being such key supporters of community initiatives like this one on our Island. Also a shout-out to all the amazingly skilled professional contractors, carpenters, gravel, dirt and trucking suppliers on our island. Being able to tap into the expertise of longtime local business owners located right here on Quadra makes projects like this much more doable. Last but not least, thanks go out to our behind the scenes Q.C.C. maintenance man Ian McEachern for putting in all of the extra work on this project and for always keeping things running smoothly around here.
Again, huge appreciation to everyone who helped bring this renewal project together for the kids in our community! Just a reminder to everyone, that even though this playground is located near the Children’s Centre, it is still within Blenkin Park and so is open for ALL kids in our community to enjoy, so go check it out!
Quadra Community Centre
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