Nearly two years ago, a telecommunications company did some work at the northeast corner of County Roads 27 and 88 in the hamlet of Bond Head.
That work left the small Audrey Wychopen Memorial Parkette in a state of disarray.
The company moved planters, dumped a few inches of clay soil in some of the containers, dug up an area of the park and left the ground rutted and uneven. Grass seed was thrown down, but without top soil, there was little chance the grass would thrive.
The Bond Head-Bradford Garden Club, which tends the parkette and fills the containers with flowers every summer, did their best to restore the area – but lacked the equipment to move planters and benches back to where they had been.
They asked for help, only to be told that the property is actually owned by the County of Simcoe.
But persistence pays off. After talking with the Town, the club persuaded BWG public works to send out the necessary equipment and crew, who repositioned the planters and benches under the guidance of garden club members.
Now the parkette is more welcoming, with flower planters placed along the walkway, and benches set conveniently beside the path and in the shade.
After a two-year wait, it took only about 15 minutes to restore the parkette – and the garden club is hoping to further improve the appearance of this corner of Bond Head, with more work this fall.