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Westville’s Victoria Park getting major upgrades

Westville Fire Department members Bill Chace, left, Kenny Dunn and Tom Steele look over some blueprints for the major renovations at Victoria Park. The three-phase project is expected to take two years to complete.
Westville Fire Department members Bill Chace, left, Kenny Dunn and Tom Steele look over some blueprints for the major renovations at Victoria Park. The three-phase project is expected to take two years to complete. - Kevin Adshade

WESTVILLE – Members of the Westville Fire Department have undertaken a project to improve conditions at Victoria Park.
Over the last number of years, conditions at the park, which is the location of the community’s Canada Day events, have deteriorated to the point that, without some work, the park will be unusable.
Department member Tom Steele points out there are serious drainage issues after any amount of rain, plus the inside green area of the park has settled and renders the grounds too wet to use for a number of days through the year.
“The park was built by Westville coal miners in the early 1900s and had a great drainage system installed,” Steele said, “but during the Westville water/sewer replacement projection in the late 1960s, a underground sewer route through the park cut all the underground drainage pipes, with the result we have now no drainage.”
The project will take upwards of two years to complete, with Phase One starting in late spring. 
Work this year is to increase the elevation of the park and establish a grade in both infield and outfield areas of the park. This will involve the hauling in of 3,000 cubic meters of fill material that will be compacted and capped with gravel, allowing surface water to flow to the outside track area.
Westville town works will install storm drains to remove this water from the track area along the Queen Street side of the park. 
As the park is used at times as a practice ball field, arrangements have been worked out with the Westville Legion Branch 35 and Westville Town Works to reopen and maintain their ball field on Spring Garden Road. 
"This is a win-win situation for the Legion, local ball clubs and children of the town, to have an alternate field that will be far better than what the Victoria Park Field has offered for the past number of years," stated Steele.
"Fire department members have already started the process of clearing brush from the Legion field fence area plus other repairs to the grounds are planned over the next two weeks."
NOTES: 
• The walking track around the ball field will remain, but will be graded to allow any surface water to flow off. The walking track will be closed only on the days that construction work is being undertaken.
• Phase Two, starting in 2020, will see additional work to the storm water drains on the south side of the Victoria Park, plus work to redevelop the ball diamond infield area and backstop. 
• Phase Three will have the outfield seeded and the field returned to the community.
• For anyone wishing to help with this project, the fire department will accept donations of money or in-kind material to assist the venture.
Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Westville Town Office (attention: Fire Department Victoria Park Project).

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