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Crews ready for new Ladysmith park

Leland Contracting workers help get the site ready for the Brown Drive Kin Park last week. Phase 1 installation begins on March 12. People wanting to help can show up around 9 a.m.

Contracting crews have been busily digging up and preparing the site for the new Brown Drive Kin Park.According to Kinsmen Duck Paterson, the pieces for Phase 1 are ordered and were to be arriving late last week or early this week.“Leland Contracting put in the retaining wall (March 2),” said Paterson, adding Stalker Excavating have also been on scene with their equipment to help prepare the park and Mayco has donated the concrete.“The site is prepped now to get ready for the playground.”Paterson said a lot of people close to this project have been realizing this is coming to fruition.“I know ... some of the guys (Kinsmen) have gone by and gone ‘You know what, this is going to happen,” said Paterson of seeing the project progress.“It’s going to be neat to see, that with community support, we’ve accomplished it.”Work crews will take over the park starting March 12 to start putting up the equipment.Members of the Kinsmen, Oceanview Community Church and community-minded helpers will be on hand to start setting up the playpark.Anyone wanting to help on March 12, 13, or 14 can show up at the park around 9 a.m.There will be hot dogs and refreshments for those willing to lend some help. And workers should come prepared in case the weather goes south.Paterson said they also need some help unloading the materials on March 11 at the park, starting around 9 a.m.This is only Phase 1 of the project and fundraising is still underway to complete Phases 2 and 3 (both around $50,000) and buy the necessary ground cover.Ladysmith and District Credit Union has just pitched in $10,000 for the park and there is an account set up at the bottle depot so people can donate their refunds to the initiative.There will also be a Father’s Day omelette fundraiser to help give to the project.

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