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La Salle now boasts one more scenic area to relax, thanks to a dedicated group of local Girl Guides who spent years beautifying a local park.
On Tues., Aug. 11, about 30 people gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the 1st La Salle Guiding Unit park, located at the corner of Highway 330 and River Ridge Road at the entrance to the community.
For Jennifer Palichuk, leader of the guiding unit, her favourite aspect is the Planted for our Future sign installed at the onset of the project.
"The girls that originally started this project wanted a space that they could watch grow, that girls of the future could enjoy — a space that brightens the neighbourhood and a space that brings joy," she said.
The group decided to tackle the project five years ago when it applied for funding to plant trees through the Girl Guides of Canada tree planting grant program in partnership with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
At the time, the girls in the guiding unit wanted to create a space they could grow for the enjoyment of the community.
"Our unit approached the RM of Macdonald with our plan and they graciously donated the land for our project. We then worked with local greenhouses and Pineland Forest Nursery to come up with a plan of trees for our section of land," she said.
"As the years continue to pass, we have added items such as bird houses and the park bench.
In 2020, the Domain Women’s Institute donated a tree in celebration of Canada 150 and the RM of Macdonald was able to install a walkway from the road to the park bench."
With a focus on the future, the girls hope to add more items such as planters on both sides of the bench filled with colourful flowers to brighten the space.
"The goal for our unit is to use the space for outdoor education, future meetings and unit ceremonies. Our unit encourages other organizations in La Salle to utilize the space as they see fit for their organizations," Palichuk said.
"The park is currently available for anyone to enjoy and has been since we originally started five years ago. We hope that the community will find as much joy in it as we do."
Currently, the 1st La Salle Guiding Unit has 22 registered members who meet Tuesdays at the La Salle School from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
"In 2020, our year was cut short due to COVID," Palichuk said. "However, we have found ways to keep in touch with the girls and hope that our unit will be able to gather again this coming September."
For more information about registering or joining the unit, visit www.girlguides.ca
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