SPRINGHILL – The New Year is going to be a big one for parks and recreation here in Springhill.
Interim Director of Leisure Services Jonathan Darnbrough and Facilities and Parks Manager Scott Munro revealed some of the items in store for 2013, including concerts and upgrades at the Lions Park.
At the top of the list for the park is a new $47,000 playground to replace the aging equipment already in place. The playground will feature four slides, monkey bars, tunnels and a variety of accessible, all-ages forms of fun. In constructing the new playground, the existing pea gravel at the park will be removed and replaced.
In addition to the playground, the tennis courts and basketball court will be resurfaced and repairs will be made to the outdoor walking trail found North of the Lions Park. Work will also continue on the ball park dugouts.
Funding for the upgrades are a result of a grant from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, fundraising by the Springhill Lions Park revitalization committee and sponsors, such as Tim Hortons.
Inside the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, Canadian Celtic and Folk artist Dave Gunning will take to the stage March 22. Gunning received a Juno in 2012 for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year and four Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2011.
Also on the horizon, the King of Rock N’ Roll could appear in this former mining town.
Negotiations were still underway during the holidays to bring ‘Moncton’s Elvis’ Thane Dunn, winner of the world’s largest Elvis tribute artist competition, to Springhill. Regarded as one of the "World's Best" Elvis tribute artists, from his looks, voice and moves, Dunn is backed by the eight-piece Cadillac Kings.
In the meantime, while everyone waits for winter to end, a free skate sponsored by Tim Hortons will take place Sunday, Dec. 30 at 5:45 p.m.