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E.K. Lions putting time, effort into park cleanup

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Members of the Lions Club of East Kildonan pose after a clean-up at the East Kildonan Lions Club Seniors Park on June 9.

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Members of the Lions Club of East Kildonan pose after a clean-up at the East Kildonan Lions Club Seniors Park on June 9. Photo Store

Tim Saunders is hoping to help rejuvenate the Lions Club of East Kildonan.

The 32-year-old pharmacist/owner of the 1100 Concordia Ave. The Medicine Shoppe location also serves as the club vice-president.

One step the East Kildonan resident planned to take was a cleanup at the East Kildonan Lions Club Seniors Park at Kildonan Drive and Bronx Place. He said 14 Lions Club members were slated to help rake leaves, do weeding, and plant annuals at the park on June 9. They also planned to repaint the cement around a plaque detailing the park’s history.

The Lions once owned the land, but sold it to the city. Saunders, who joined the club in 2009, feels an affinity for the park.

"I thought it’d be nice for us to take ownership again. It’s not owned by us, but we do have that history there," he said.  "We’ve done some other work there in the past — we’ve planted a lilac bush, we’ve done flower planting.

"We’ve also donated a park bench, so there’s a bench at the entrance with our name on it."

Saunders, who will rise to the role of club president in the fall, hopes to make more permanent impacts on the park in future years. He said installations, as well as hosting events, are all possibilities.

"It’s been brought up to have a folk-type concert, something family- and community-oriented," he said, adding Easter egg hunts and community barbecues are also possibilities.

Saunders noted community members have made repairs to park benches in recent years, but he plans for the club to keep a more stringent watch on the park to keep it in good condition.

"Hopefully us being there will give it some exposure," he said.

For more information on the club, visit <a href="http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/eastkildonan/index.php">here</a>.

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