Two years and 142 e-mails later, Albert Williams got what he was hoping for.
The Windsor street resident e-mailed Ward Councillor Susan Myers in August 2012 about establishing a new playground for the children in the area at an unused portion of green space at the end of Marconi Street. Williams even offered up cash, $5,000 at first, then $7,000 was raised to go towards purchasing playground equipment and construction. The City would have to come up with the rest.
It seemed like a great idea until some residents on the street started to protest the plan. “This is a testament to perseverance and patience” Mayor Debbie Amaroso told a crowd gathered for the official ribbon cutting to MacDonald Park along a with a dedication to Williams who remained positive despite what appeared like a never ending process.
The back and forth e-mails started to mount. Most people would have given up with the “process” . Williams refused to.
Today, a brand new playground complete with landscaping is a hub of activity that was once just a parcel of land used for nothing but a pathway to a neighbouring street.
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