CSRD hosts Parson Recreation Opening



The Official Opening Celebration of the Parson Recreation Park brought the community together last Sunday to say thank you to everyone who put time and effort into creating the community park.

Although the ice in the skating rink was a little too slushy for anyone to strap on their skates, the afternoon was filled with sledding, games, hot dogs and speeches from representatives of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) to recognize everyone who helped make the park a true hub for the community of Parson.

The park, which according to Ron Oszust, Director of the CSRD, has been a five-year endeavour for the regional district, has a new washroom building, utilities building, light system for the rink (which has been used almost every night since Christmas), new boards in select areas of the rink and a revamped change room.

Summer activities in the Parson Recreation Park will include a beach volleyball area, baseball diamond and a horseshoe venue. The CSRD is currently working on creating campsites in both Parson and Nicholson for summer boating access on the Columbia River.

“In rural communities the ice rinks, ball  diamonds   and community halls are the hub for the neighbourhood. I think of the memories that have been created at such venues,” said Oszust. “We, as the CSRD, are here to support those volunteers and play a small part in helping to create those memories.”

Stories were told of the area from as far back as fifty years ago; of hockey players riding their bicycles home with their skates on for lack of a comfortable place to change back into shoes and of the little ski hill just across the highway that allowed community members to strap on a pair of skis and rip down the backyard hill.

Oszust thanked Susan Abbot and Roger Beardmore, staff at the CSRD who worked on this project. Recognition was also given to the Area A Park Commission (a group of community members who assist the CSRD  in setting  priorities for Area A), Tembec for the use of the land and facilities, Canadian Timberframes for donated wood, the Parson Community Hall Society, Selkirk Electric, Cal Phillips, Andy Anderson, the Parson Kids Club and a multitude of other dedicated community players.