Assiginack plans year-round sports park

Royal Bank grant earmarked for McLean’s Park

ASSIGINACK—It was with great excitement that the Township of Assiginack received the news that their application to the RBC’s Learn to Play grant program was successful. The Township received a cheque for $22,500 to make McLean’s Park a year round attraction for physical activity for residents and tourists alike.

RBC’s Learn to Play Project is all about improving physical literacy among children. RBC believes that physical literacy is as important to a child’s development as reading and writing; the more physical literate a child is, the more likely they will participate in sport and physical activities and this will help build confidence and self esteem.

With this in mind, the Township of Assiginack decided to put forward a grant application titled ‘Bike, Hike, Snowshoe and Ski.’ This grant will allow the township to clean up the trails and make them accessible so that all four activities can take place, thus making it a year round park for physical activity. Not only that, but it will provide the necessary funding for proper signage, picnic tables, bicycle stands and a class set of snowshoes to be lent out to user groups.

The municipality is hoping to begin work this spring with the necessary renovations and hopes to have it ready for the summer.