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Wilton Community Asking for Help to Enhance Playground

Illustration of children with a banner that says we're worth it.The Wilton Community Association (WCA) is asking for help raising funds to meet its goal of $20,000 for the Playground Enhancement Project. The objective is to install a safe, challenging structure for children ages 9 to 15.

The land on which the community playground lies was donated by Diane Creber and Tim De Rose of Wilton Pottery in the 1970s. In the 2000s, the community raised funds to update the playground equipment to meet improved safety standards of that time. Since then, no major changes have been undertaken.  Many families, not just those from Wilton, use the playground because of its quiet and safe rural location. The current playground (swings, slides, etc.) does not offer interest or challenge to older children.  This enhancement plan will go a long way to improve the park for this age group.

To complete this project meeting all provincial and municipal standards requires a total of $40,000 that includes building permits, drawings/designs, drainage, inspections and installation.  On December 17, 2017 the Wilton Community Association’s Playground Committee made a presentation to Loyalist Township Council proposing a 50/50 partnership. Council enthusiastically accepted our proposal and agreed to be responsible for installation of the play structure. The Wilton Community Association is responsible for providing 50% of the total cost, i.e. $20, 000. So far, donations from individuals, local businesses and churches have brought the total raised by the WCA to $11,000.

To celebrate and acknowledge the generous support received for this project, the WCA will host a Canada Day Celebration at the playground on July 1, 2018 to unveil the new play structure.  

Those who want to support this project can do so by cheque payable to The Wilton Community Association Inc. (Playground Project), 251 Simmons Road, Odessa, ON K0H 2H0. Receipts will be given for income tax purposes for donations over $10. The WCA is incorporated in Ontario and is a registered Canadian charity. 

For more information, please contact Sandy Salt (613-985-5251) or Jo-Anne Crook, joanneinwilton@hotmail.com.