SPRINGHILL – All you got to do is try a little tenderness.
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Clothes, broken glass, volunteers and hugs were found at the Hilltop Playground in Springhill, when Ryan Baker (right) and the Springhill Leos Club volunteered their numbers to help clean up the playground Baker’s aunt Bev Sharpe helped build.
Things haven’t been the best at the Hilltop Playground on Mechanic Street in Springhill, but that changed thanks to the Springhill Leos Club recently. The youth club was on site to pick up the pieces left behind a group of unknown persons, including litter and broken glass, making the playground safe once again for the neighbourhood to enjoy.
“We got a call from a concerned citizen that the park needed a clean up,” club mentor and Springhill Lion Karen Morris-Priester said. “We haven’t been here that long and already we have all sorts of glass, clothes, litter.”
Starting off with a handful of volunteer members, the group swelled in cumbers as the afternoon progressed, with more and more joining in the effort to clean up the playground and surrounding area.
The playground, which was built by a volunteer committee for the Town of Springhill, is maintained by the Dept. of Leisure but that doesn’t necessarily mean round the clock supervision. Volunteers in the neighbourhood help monitor the playground and one, especially, was excited to see the Leos Club take on the challenge of making the playground safe for the spring – Bev Sharpe, co-chair of the committee that fundraised for the construction of the playground.
“This is such a good thing they’re doing,” Sharpe said. “I’m proud of them.”
The Springhill Leos Club is supported by the Springhill Lions Club. To learn more, visit their Facebook page by searching for “Springhill Lions Club.”