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Central Park in Burin officially open


Central Park in Burin was bustling with activity this past weekend as children ran from one piece of playground equipment to another.

Central Park in Burin official opened Saturday. A number of people were on hand for the unveiling of the name including (from left) Coun. Everett Farwell, Placentia West-Bellevue MHA Mark Browne, Burin-Grand Bank MHA Carol Anne Haley, Mayor Kevin Lundrigan, Coun. April Pitcher and former MHA Clyde Jackman.

Staff and residents of the town gathered Saturday to celebrate the official opening of the newly constructed park.

Zander Issacs kept his thoughts on the park short and to the point.

“(It’s) great,” he said.

The six-year-old said he enjoyed his time at the facility playing on the various equipment.

“The bus, the slides and especially the bouncy teeter totter,” he said.

Burin Mayor Kevin Lundrigan said the park is a much-needed asset in the town.

“It has been a long time in the making, but when the funds became available (they) weren’t long putting things together.”

The half-a-million-dollar, multi-purpose facility includes a paved walking track, a playground, basketball court and a shuffleboard court.

Lundrigan said the facility is a work in progress with plans for future expansion.

Former Burin-Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman was also on hand for the opening.

“I think it is a wonderful facility,” said Jackman, who was making his first public appearance since retiring from political life in September 2015.

“When you look at the general population, people are trying to live healthier lives, and this is (something) that helps them in that particular task,” he said.

Jackman said he is happy that during his time as MHA that he was able to help the town with the park.

“I am just hoping that people will respect it, keep it well maintained, well used,” he said.

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