The Lions Step In
The Lions club in Palmerston saw the need to clean up the area. They also saw the possibility of making it an incredible public space for the whole community to enjoy and take pride in. And they got the entire community involved.
“It has been a partnership right from the beginning with the town and our Lions club and the residents of Palmerston,” says Dave Wilson of the Palmerston Lions Club. “Residents of Palmerston stop while we are working and lend a hand. They make donations. It’s been great the support we’ve had.”
Hard Work Pays Off
The Lions realize such a large project will take years to complete. They have worked at the park two times a week for three years, laying cobblestones, and putting in equipment and pathways. “We started with the front entrance, playground and splash pool and we’re continuing on,” says Joanne Klonikowski of the Palmerston Lions Club. “Now it’s a real gathering point. We’re going to have a memorial forest and stage areas and all sorts of lovely things including pathways and lighting.”
A beautifully restored pedestrian bridge offers residents a commanding view of the park. And a restored locomotive engine – “old 81” – stands at the entrance to the park, near a Lions sign and statues of lions.
Lions have more than 4,000 feet of eight-foot wide brick pathways to lay, as well as hundreds of trees to plant and stage and sports areas, including basketball and road hockey courts, to build.