BY ANDREW SMITH
LISTOWEL – The excitement for Listowel’s proposed multi-million dollar recreation complex continues to build, with the kick-off of the community fundraising campaign just weeks away.
North Perth Recreation Complex committee member Sue Thompson spoke to North Perth council at their Monday, Aug. 12 meeting, outlining the details of the Saturday, Sept. 7 event in Listowel’s Memorial Park. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. the park and arena will feature live entertainment, live magic and dog agility shows, a North Perth Baseball Legends game of past Listowel Legionnaire members, a Listowel Cyclone alumni hockey game, and an official kick-off with Mayor Julie Behrns and fundraising committee chair Andrew Coghlin with an update on the amount raised to date.
“We’ve had amazing support so far, we’re very excited,” Thompson said. “Everything is running according to plan.”
Thompson said the project has been in the planning for a long time, with some committee members working since 2008 to see the recreation complex reach this stage.
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“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re moving forward and we’re very excited,” Thompson said.
Thompson added that the community kick-off is more about raising awareness than raising money, as it will be critical to the project’s success.
“You have to have the community on-board and excited about it, otherwise you won’t get the support,” she said. “This is a project that’s about the community.”
Kinsmen approved to start park renovation
BY ANDREW SMITH
LISTOWEL – North Perth council has put their support behind a plan from the Kinsmen Club of Listowel to renovate and refurbish Kin Park.
The proposal from the Listowel Kinsmen was reviewed by North Perth recreational director Steve Hardie at the Aug. 12 meeting of council, which will renovate the Louise Avenue North park built in 1993.
“They’ve recognized the need for improvements and refurbishments to the park,” Hardie said. “They’ve really taken it on as their own project to provide those upgrades.”
In working with the Kinsmen Club, Hardie said a number of improvements have been included in the Kin Park proposal over the next five years.
“We’ve identified a lot of things that can be done at the park in the near future,” Hardie said. “They’d like to move forward with plans very quickly and start this fall.”
The plan for the first year of improvements was approved by North Perth council, giving the Kinsmen the go-ahead to proceed with converting the ball diamonds at the park to a clay mixture infield at a cost of $59,000 to be entirely funded by the Kinsmen Club.
“A lot of the ball players have indicated that’s the type of infield material they prefer to play on,” Hardie said. “We’re happy to see that move forward.”
Other improvements to be considered in future phases include new horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, fencing, pavilion upgrades and playground repositioning.
“They’re looking at doing the project over a number of years,” Hardie said. “They’re working very aggressively to raise funds to complete the project as quickly as they can.”