The Lions inaugurate a new playground

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Years of planning and fundraising by members of the Lions Club of Trenton have culminated in a first step towards the construction of a brand new all-inclusive playground in Quinte West.

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Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison and members of Quinte West Council joined Trenton Lions Club members and community partners for the grand opening of the club’s new all-inclusive playground.

“I’m very excited to be able to break new ground today,” said Trenton Lions Club Treasurer Mike Seymour, who spearheaded the project.

“Thank you to the community support of all different types of organizations for their donations,” Seymour said.

Through community fundraising, Seymour and the Trenton Lions have raised more than half of their $600,000 goal, with the current figure standing at just over $350,000.

Funds already raised have helped them begin the first phase of their two-phase project which will remove the current dated playground structure and replace it with an inclusive wheelchair accessible playground that can be used by everyone. world.

“[Inclusivity] is one of our main goals,” said Trenton Lions Club President Diane Gardy. “It’s really exciting to be able to do something so big for the community. We know kids need a place to play where they can bring grandma and grandpa and let them play too.

With the ground breaking, the organizers hope to complete the first phase of their project by the end of the summer. Seymour expects that once other members of the community see the progress of the development, they will be encouraged to donate to phase two of the project and help complete it.

“Hopefully when the new one opens it will spark some interest from other organizations in the city. And hopefully they’ll give some money and let us go around,” Seymour said during his presentation.

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The playground will be built on city-owned land west of Trenton Seniors Club 105 on Bay Street in Centennial Park and will include accessible equipment for all ages and abilities.

Mayor Harrison was on hand to offer words of encouragement and support for the project.

“The city is pleased to provide the land on which this new inclusive playground will be built,” said Harrison. “This is a great example of community partners working together for the benefit of our residents.

The Trenton Lions are always looking for donations and members. To donate to the project, visit their GoFundMe campaign at gofundme.com/f/trenton-lions-club-inclusive-playground or contact Seymour directly at [email protected]

For more details on the Trenton Lions Club, contact them by email at [email protected] or call 613-392-2189.

Harold B. McConnell