Nanaimo Lions Club members Pam Taylor, left to right, Bob Rowledge, Dave Alderson, Al Brett, Ron Lily, Gaylord Markel, Larrie Taylor and Pierre Le Gal check out the play facilities at the Maffeo Sutton Park Playdock. The Lions members presented the city with a cheque for $26,000 on Thursday, May 19, to help build the second phase of the playground upgrades that include safe and accessible play features. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Lions Club members Pam Taylor, left to right, Bob Rowledge, Dave Alderson, Al Brett, Ron Lily, Gaylord Markel, Larrie Taylor and Pierre Le Gal check out the play facilities at the Maffeo Sutton Park Playdock. The Lions members presented the city with a cheque for $26,000 on Thursday, May 19, to help build the second phase of the playground upgrades that include safe and accessible play features. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Lions Club puts cash in play for playground upgrades at Maffeo Sutton Park

Club presents $26,000 to city for second phase of playground upgrade

Nanaimo Lions Club members came out in a playful spirit, so to speak, when they made a formal presentation of a cheque for $26,000 to the City of Nanaimo.

The donation is to help fund the second phase of the Maffeo Sutton Park Playdock project, which will add more accessible and safe modern play features and landscaping to the existing amenity.

The work follows the first phase of the playground renovation that was completed in the summer of 2020.

The upgrades will include accessible and inclusive playground equipment and is also designed to accommodate intergenerational use so that grandparents will be able to play with their grandchildren. The construction work will begin this summer.

After the cheque was presented, the Lions Club members were taken on a tour by city staff of the existing playground facilities and the area where new construction will be carried out.

“The enormous contribution of the Lions Club to this community over many, many decades, it’s a pretty impressive contribution … it demonstrates what a small group folks can achieve when they work together and it reflects the passion and sense of community that characterizes Nanaimo,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog.

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Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog, second from left, is presented with a cheque for $26,000 by Nanaimo Lions Club members Bob Rowledge, left, Dave Alderson and Al Brett at Maffeo Sutton Park playground Thursday, May 19. The money will go toward the second phase of upgrades to the playground which will get underway this summer. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog, second from left, is presented with a cheque for $26,000 by Nanaimo Lions Club members Bob Rowledge, left, Dave Alderson and Al Brett at Maffeo Sutton Park playground Thursday, May 19. The money will go toward the second phase of upgrades to the playground which will get underway this summer. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)