Lions Park upgrades wrapping up for another year

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SPRINGHILL – Summer officially comes to an end this week, but it’s been a successful season for renovations and repairs to the Lions Park.

Editor’s Note: Unlike the print edition in The Citizen-Record, which erroneously credits Royce Gracie as financially supporting the scorekeeper boxers at the Lions Park, the project was spearheaded and lead by Royce Rushton of Springhill. We apologize to Rushton for the error, and to any fans of the UFC hall of famer who were lead to believe the sixth-degree black belt in jiu-jitsu had a hand in the project.


SPRINGHILL – Summer officially comes to an end this week, but it’s been a successful season for renovations and repairs to the Lions Park.

Steered by the Lions Park Revitalization Committee, a number of changes were made to the community’s outdoor recreational space.

“It’s a joint project between the town, feds and province,” Springhill’s Chief Administrative Officer Don Tabor explained.

Thanks to a grant two-years ago through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and funding from the Town of Springhill and Nova Scotia government, more than $100,000 has been committed to revitalizing the park. Last year, extensive work to the ball fields, including repairs to the fencing and bleachers took place, as well as the construction of two dugouts. This year an additional two dugouts were constructed, the playground and surrounding ground surface was replaced and given a well-attended Old Home Week launch, as well as repairs to the tennis court and basketball fencing and it’s expected resurfacing could still take place before winter sets in. A small parking space was also put in place beside the basketball court.

“I’ve had two people from away make comments to me about the positive changes at the park, and they had no idea who I was,” Mayor Max Snow said. “This town council is involved and they are out there.”

Two high-visibility projects added to the Lions Park cam through donations from Royce Rushton and Lance Lockwood. The pair paid for the materials to construct two scorekeeper boxes through their own fundraising efforts, while the town provided auxiliary support for the successful completion of those projects.

“As a department we agreed to pick up some, like the score boxes concrete slabs, flag poles for the ball fields,” Director of Leisure Services Pam Adams said. “Plus the regular maintenance of the projects.”

On the horizon, the revitalization committee, the town and Leisure Services are looking at correcting drainage issues in the park’s lower ball field and revamping the surfaces of both. Netting to protect the playground from possible fly balls is in the exploration stages and, long-term, a bandstand or gazebo as well as a washroom/storage facility have been discussed.

Organizations: Lions Park Revitalization Committee, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Leisure Services Pam Adams

Geographic location: Lions Park, Springhill, Nova Scotia

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