Memorial Park in Brighton has a whole new look just in time for Remembrance Day.
The brand new fully-accessible stage and washroom facility was officially opened Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.
Members of council, Brighton Rotary, the Lions, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 100, the DBIA, plus other community supporters gathered out of the rain on the new stage to celebrate a true community effort.
Mayor Mark Walas said that along with a Trillium Fund grant of $100,000 and a $100,000 municipal contribution, local service clubs and organizations stepped up to the plate and donated substantially to the $400,000+ project.
Recreation Director Jim Millar says the project isn’t quite complete.
The plan is to install a sound system, and screen and projector.
The hope is that there can be a permanent sound system so the entertainers will be able to plug in to the system without having to bring all their own equipment, Millar says.
The summer Concerts in the Park will benefit from the new facility, and with a screen and projector, Movies in the Park can be added to the schedule.
Brighton developer Jim Waterhouse, who was a Rotarian at the time, came up with the idea and got Rotary on board, brought the plan to Millar, and the rest is history.
The first event to take place on the new stage will be the Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday.