Rotary renovates park with upgrades The goal of the project was to retrofit the park to make it accessible to the disabled and make it a most happening place for the community to enjoy.

Quinto D'oraizo enjoys some of the equipment at the new Norma Bangay Park in Palgrave. Photo: Matthew Strader/Metroland
Quinto D’oraizo enjoys some of the equipment at the new Norma Bangay Park in Palgrave. Photo: Matthew Strader/Metroland

In a partnership that speakers continually credited Palgrave Rotary (Ontario, Canada – D 7080) youth director Krysta Cadden for initiating, the Palgrave Rotary, and the Town of Caledon, each contributed funds to see the Westview Park in Palgrave renovated to become a fully accessible park, and renamed after former Palgrave educator Norma Bangay.

Derek Clark of the Palgrave Rotary led a ceremony that saw schoolchildren from nearby Palgrave elementary, members of the White Birch Day programme, and residents join town officials and Rotary members to cut the ribbon on the park’s new signs, and welcome concrete pads, wheelchair ramps and more additions to ensure the newly named Norma Bangay Park was a park for everyone.

The grand ceremony consisted of three components, renaming of park, the completion of the accessibility park upgrades, and finally, National Accessibility Week.

“A time for Canadians to promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces,” Clark said.

“To celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities, and to be inspired to further breakdown and remove accessibility barriers to give Canadians of all abilities an equal opportunity to participate and succeed in their workplaces and communities.”

He said the goal of the project was to retrofit the park to make it fully inclusive and a gathering place for the entire community to enjoy.

The partnership saw the town contribute $45,000 and the Rotary club, $40,000.

The work included upgrades to playground equipment and surfacing, an accessible concrete path from the existing asphalt path to the playground equipment, two accessible swing seats added to the existing swing sets and an additional two benches and two tables for seating, as well as two new park signs.

“The town is extremely happy about this project and partnership with Palgrave Rotary Club. These renovations will make it easier for all visitors and residents to use the park and its facilities,” said Mayor Allan Thompson.

Source: Caledon Enterprise

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