Bringing fun back to Matilda Memorial Park

A proud day for these members of the Matilda Memorial Recreation Committee as they gathered at the new play structure. Top row, (l-r) Tracy Yalden, Shellie Spencer and Chad DeJong, middle row, Marlene Lewis and Erin Fletcher, bottom row, Janice Froats, Cindy Ault-Peters and Lisa Martel. Missing from the photo are members Heather Fawcett, Jay-Lynne Thompson, Carol Fowler, Henry Luimes and Curtis Whitteker. (The Leader/Gibb photo)

New play structure dedicated in memory of Frank Ault

BRINSTON – “Today is a very proud day for the Ault family and for our committee,” said Cindy Ault-Peters, member of the Matilda Memorial Recreation Committee.

“We got to see our park become again a place where people want to be. This day has been in the works for nearly a year. There’s been a steady stream of people visiting the park, and a huge community response. And the weather for the dedication of the play structure turned out to be perfect.”

That community was out in force to celebrate the beautifully revitalized Matilda Memorial Park in Brinston, as the new community play structure, in memory of the late Frank Ault, was officially dedicated on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The funding to restore the Matilda park, founded in Brinston in 1920, came from grants from EDP Renewables’ South Branch Community Fund and from the the Ault family.
Ault-Peters praised the hard work of her fellow committee members, and the generosity of many people and businesses in the community.

“Steve Gingras of Landex Earthworks, did the excavation for the small play and swing area free of charge and transplanted a tree for us. Steve, who worked for dad, also did the clean up, everything free of charge.

Members of the Ault family cut the ribbon officially opening the playground. Pictured (l-r): Cindy Ault-Peters, Pat Ault, Bill Ault and Nikki Ault. (The Leader/Gibb photo)

Lloyd McMillan did the big play structure and the volleyball court, also at no charge. The generosity by these two allowed us to purchase extra play equipment for the kids.”

During the Saturday celebration, Chad DeJong and Kelly Peters served as “spit specialists” serving up roast pork to hungry visitors. The Golden Gears helped organize and antique car show, and there were also antique tractors and snowmobiles on display.

South Dundas firefighters from the Williamsburg station and the SD&G Library services came out to take part. Kids could also enjoy bouncy castles from the Dixon’s Corners Community Centre and the music of the Junkyard Symphony. There was also a scarecrow contest.

The report card on the new play structure from the kids? Definitely kid approved.

More photos from the event