PUBNICO - Work is progressing on a park in memory of four children who perished in a house fire in Pubnico Head on Jan. 7 last year.
Jayla Kennedy, Winston Prouty, Mya Prouty and Mason Grant will each have a granite bench with their name and photos on them that will be placed in the park. DeMone Monuments and Heritage Memorials Ltd. donated the benches and centre stone.
Mya and Mason used to visit Donna Larkin’s cottage in Welshtown during the summer with their grandmother Louise Fenton, a good friend of Larkin’s.
It’s important to Larkin to see this project completed.
Some of the work that’s been accomplished so far includes having shrubs and trees removed from the property by volunteers, along with surveying, migrating the land and having it levelled.
“One of the parents paid the fee for having the land surveyed. As of now, we have the front portion of the land cleared and crushed stone brought in,” said Larkin.
That area of the property is where the four benches and a centre stone with the name of the park will be placed.
The back area has been levelled off and a goal is to have playground equipment installed, with fencing erected.
Families, friends, first responders and the public were heartbroken by the loss of these precious young lives last year. The community mourned together and came together to find ways to support those affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.
A Christmas tree was placed on the site a few weeks before Christmas.
Firefighters from the East and West Pubnico fire departments also hung wreaths on a tree there in memory of the children.
Fundraising continues for the park. For instance, last year a pig roast and auction raised close to $12,000.
There’s no specific date as to when the park will be completed.
Larkin says her son Dennis came up with the name for the park. He chose Windjammer because the word includes the first letter of each of the children who perished.
Dennis, who lives in Halifax, owns the pig-roasting business that held one of the first fundraisers. He’s been working for months to help make the park a reality, approaching businesses for donations.
He says once the project is completed that seeing children there playing and eating ice cream from the Creamy Treat next door will make him happy.
“It’s a wonderful spot for a little playground area for people to go play with their children and enjoy ice cream together just like those children did.”
How to help
Donations in support of the park can be made out to Windjammer Park Committee Fund and sent to 2210 Hwy 3, Lr,. East Pubnico NS B0W 2A0, or e-transferrred to committee director/treasurer Donna Larkin.
The other Windjammer Park Committee directors are: Louise Fenton, Gloria Smith, Craig Prouty and Julie d'Entremont.