Amherstburg Rotary Club - Inclusive Playground Dedication
On Friday, June 20th the city of Amherstburg celebrated the dedication of their first Inclusive Playground at Toddy Jones Park! This event happened after two years of effort by the community of Amhertsburg. The Amherstburg Rotary Club again demonstrated the power of Rotary In Action. They were the catalyst that made this playground a reality. This dynamic Rotary Club enlisted the help of the entire community for the good of the children in their city.
This playground was specially planned and constructed to be used for all children - included ones with special needs.
While many children were having fun with the playground equipment, the adults held the ceremony. Amherstburg Rotarian and Chair of the Inclusive Playground Committee Bill Wark served as Masters of Ceremony. He introduced several people who spoke highly of this major community project. First was Bruce Crozier MPP (Minister Provincial Parliament), second was Sandy Brandell from the major contributing Ontario Trillium Foundation, third was Wayne Hurst, Mayor, Town of Amherstburg, fourth was Sarah Watson from the Miniser of Parliament Office. Then PDG Jim Karolyi, Amherstburg Club President Joan Donaldson and Bill Wark said a few words of congratulations and thanks.
This dedication concluded with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by three Special Needs Children, included Jamie Reaume who previously said a few words of thanks and how "awesome the playground is".
Platinum Sponsors $10,000 - CAW Locals 200, 444, TCA, 89, 1973, Town of Amherstburg, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Rotary Club of Amherstburg, Amherst Quarries. Gold Sponsors $5,000 - Total Fitness, Wal-Mart. Silver Sponsor $2,500 - Thrasher Sales & Leasing, Windsor Spitfires, BMO, RBC, Alan Quesnel. Bronze Sponsors $1000-$2499 - Ecole Saint Jean Baptiste, Down River Playhouse, Amhersburg Fire Fighters, K of C/Ladies Auxiliary, Optimist Club of Amherstburg, Robert & Norma Pettypiece, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 157 Ladies Auxiliary, Nancy Greenway Edward Jones Investments, Brad Bondy.
Special thanks you to HGS Engineering, CBM Concrete, Giorgi Concrete, MG Construction, Nor-Built Construction, Underground Specialties, Rivard Excavating, Amherst Quarries, Canadian Lawn Care, Essex Power, Everplay, Echo, Smith Contracting, Santarossa Concrete, Sobeys, Lions Club of Amherstburg.