Centennial Park Playground unveiled in New Sarepta
New Sarepta residents and local dignitaries celebrated the grand opening of the redeveloped Centennial Park Playground on Saturday.
The redeveloped park, located at 5026 2 Street, cost nearly $68,000 and features a toddler playground, gazebo and enhanced picnic area. This community-driven project was spearheaded by the New Sarepta Family Enrichment Association (NSFEA) to serve a need in the community, and was supported by Leduc County council and the community.
“Leduc County is proud to support this community initiative and commends the community for its commitment to this worthwhile project,” says Rick Smith, division one councillor. “This park exemplifies the spirit of this community and will serve as a gathering space for years to come.”
The Government of Canada contributed $19,190 through its Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the Government of Alberta contributed $23,500 through its Community Facility Enhancement Program grant, the New Sarepta Golden Pioneers donated $10,000 and the remaining $15,000 was raised by the NSFEA.
“Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, we are helping to renovate, expand and improve existing infrastructure,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “Our investment will ensure the renewed Centennial Park Playground will be a lasting recreational legacy for the residents of New Sarepta.”
“After two years of fundraising for this park, we are thrilled to see it now being used by the public,” says Jillian Borynec, NSFEA member. “We are grateful for the financial support we received from the federal and provincial governments and the community, as well as the in-kind support we received from Leduc County.”
The Centennial Park Playground supports community events, activities and programs for all ages, and provides a community gathering space for the nearly 500 residents of the hamlet of New Sarepta, as well as residents and visitors from surrounding areas.