Our humble Nova Scotian town is rich in history and strong in spirit. Our community has survived multiple coal mining disasters, fires that destroyed Main Street and the collapse of our community Arena. Even in the face of adversity the citizens of Springhill unite each time to rebuild not only fallen structures but our hope, spirit and our pride. Once again our community is uniting and this time it is to celebrate our history by rejuvenating the Lionâ€™s Park. Springhill Lionâ€™s Park is a green space that offers something for all of us who live here. The park is home to basketball and tennis courts, baseball diamonds and a play area that includes a jungle gym, slide and swings. It is a great area for kids and it also offers a place for parents to sit in the shade and chat while watching the children play. The park gives us space to hold festivals, tournaments, fundraisers, summer day camps, movies under the stars, and the list goes on. Before our green space was transformed into the Springhill Lionâ€™s Park, it was a track for harness racing. Jockeyâ€™s would bring their horses from far and wide for a chance to be crowned the champion at our track. After years of racing, the track was developed into Victoria Park to honour Queen Victoria. The park was complete with a bandstand which would be full with local musicians each Sunday afternoon filling the town with great local music. Hurricane Hazel blew the roof off that very same bandstand as she blew through the park in 1952. The Lionâ€™s Club responded to Hurricane Hazelâ€™s destruction by purchasing the park and taking care of the grounds. Shortly thereafter the park became known as Springhill Lionâ€™s Park and remains that way today. Now, our beloved park is starting to show her age; something that the beautiful flower gardens cannot quite mask anymore. With the economy in dire straits, our town needs to work within strict financial guidelines which limit projects to rejuvenate our park. With natural wear and tear and financial restrictions it is difficult to keep the park up to date. Having such a great sense of pride and knowing what it takes to survive, our community has started to look for more creative opportunities to help us reach our goals. The Imagination Playground in a Box set would be tremendous in helping our modest town move forward in restoring our park and ensuring it will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
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