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Canada 150 celebrations in Selwyn Township
March 17, 2017
BY TERRY GILLIS
At the Tuesday evening Selwyn Council meeting, Angela Chittick, Manager of Corporate & Community Service/Clerk requested that the dates for a number of Canada/Ontario 150 projects and activities be confirmed by Council.
Because the Township was successful with a number of grant applications a number of community projects are proceeding as a result of the funding and will be unveiled and/or launched as part of the Township’s Canada 150 Celebrations as well as the County’s.
Below are the planned projects and activities expected to take place in the Township this year:
• The launch of the Selwyn ReLeaf project – spring/summer 2017. This project will involve the planting of 150 maple trees on private property in the Township. This project was funded by a $3,400 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP) for Canada’s 150th. Staff will be formulating the details of the program over the coming weeks to deliver the program this Spring/Summer.
• The official opening of the Robert E. Young Recreation Complex Fitness Trail – Friday, June 23 – 1:00 p.m. This project received $49,500 and was funded in part through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program.
• The official opening of the Ultimate Frisbee Park at the Paul J. English Lions Park – Thursday, June 29 - 7 p.m. This project was funded in-part by the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program – Intake 2 ($88,500). The Chemong Lake and District Lions Club also made a significant contribution of $95,531.
• The official opening of the Woodland Acres Park – June 28 at 6:00 p.m. This project did not receive any Canada 150 funding. The project was funded by the Township of Selwyn. The community has waited since 1958 to see this park area developed!
• The official opening of the Selwyn Skate Park at Isabel Morris Park –July 1 - 3 p.m. This project received funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program ($86,048); Ontario Trillium Foundation grant ($55,000); and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) $5,000. In addition, a community fundraising campaign was launched with several community organizations and businesses making financial and in-kind contributions. The official opening of the skate park will be held in cooperation with the Lakefield Merchants/Kawartha Chamber of Commerce Canada Day event. The skate park opening will kick-off this community event and end with a fireworks display in the evening.
• County Day – Lang Pioneer Village – September 24. In cooperation with the County of Peterborough, the two First Nations, the lower tier Townships, City of Peterborough, Parks Canada and others, a County wide celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary will be held at Lang Pioneer Village. Traditional County Fair activities will be planned including games for children, historical displays, live music featuring local musicians and food!
Dates and times may change so check the Selwyn Township website at selwyntownship.ca