MacDonald Park Becomes a Reality


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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  1. I like to thank everyone who was involved in the hockey tournament for making it come true! It took more than just me, and all the players, to make it happen! Big thanks to Rick Wysynski to ref every year!…he’s just as passionate as me to make the tournament a success!!!

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