After more than two years of pandemic-related restrictions, the folks at the Norberry-Glenlee Community Center are preparing to hold an event to help welcome the community back.
The event – dubbed A Midsummer Night’s Dream Community Celebration – will be held at the Norberry site in downtown St. Vital (26 Molgat Ave.) on Friday, June 3.
Assuming Mother Nature complies, the event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a dedication at the play park and speeches from key organizers, speakers and dignitaries – as well as serving as a celebration for the local community, the event will also mark the official opening of the center’s accessible play structure project, which includes a play park and handicapped parking area.
After that, between 6 and 10 p.m., activities will include bouncers, carnival games, petting zoo, balloon artist and face painting, and there will also be food trucks, hot dogs and cotton candy. The festivities will end at nightfall with a fireworks display.
“This event is for everyone; everyone is welcome to come,” center president Sean Fedorowich said. “The play park is heavily used which is really nice to see.”
Along with NGCC Executive Assistant Carmelle Remillard and the center’s Board of Directors, Fedorowich has been a driving force in bringing the play structure project to fruition over the past few years.
In terms of funding for the project, it has totaled over $350,000 since its inception, which includes a collective investment of $275,000 from all three levels of government. It also includes contributions from the Riverside Lions and Manitoba Tire Stewardship, as well as local donors and businesses, as well as the center itself.
“It’s the first time since before the pandemic that we’ve been able to hold a public celebration like this at the community center, and it’s great because the community deserves it after the past two years,” Fedorowich said.
“It’s an amazing play structure, and it’s just what the community needs, and there are different exercise and activity areas. This is a fully accessible play park suitable for people of all ages and abilities. We really built it for everyone,” he added, noting that about five or six new disabled parking spaces have been added as part of the project next to the play park.
“This event took so long to come. We are really looking forward to it. And if the weather is bad, we’ll go inside.
Rémillard highlighted the highlights of the event that it was good to see people again.
“We haven’t been able to meet or come together as a community for the past two years,” she said. “It was so nice to see people get out there and be active again. Mini soccer is open again — it’s really exciting. The board and everyone are very happy to get together again and have fun.
Remillard added that during the weekends, a number of families visit the play park to enjoy it. Last October, over Thanksgiving weekend, a small contingent gathered to unofficially open the new structure.
Go online at www.norberry-glenlee.ca or call 204-256-6654 for more information.
Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 204-697-7111.
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