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Markdale Recreation Committee hopes to be Kraft Heinz Project Play finalist

Kraft Heinz Project Play TSN


On August 18, the Markdale Recreation Committee (MRC) was notified that their nomination for the Kraft Heinz Project Play (KHPP) program was approved. The community will now have to wait until September 4 when the top four finalists will be announced.

If Markdale makes it to the top four, then the nail biting really begins as the MRC application will rely solely on voting to reach the very top. The grand prize winner will be announced live on The Sports Network (TSN) September 16.

Over the past eight years, the KHPP program has contributed over $2.2 million to 68 communities across Canada. The four finalists are guaranteed to receive $20,000 each with the grand prize winner taking home $250,000 for recreational facility upgrades.

“If we are one of four, we ask everyone and their families, neighbours, co-workers, ball players young and old, former Markdale residents, just anyone to help us by voting for the King Edward Park nomination,” said Sherman Wood, author of the nomination, adding, "We have the community spirit.”

In the MRC nomination, Wood explained that Markdale has faced many challenges in the past few years, including the threatened elimination of Beavercrest Public School and the recent decision by Grey County to privatize Grey Gables long term care facility. “Markdale is a community that works, lives and grows together… [Markdale] is built with compassion, inclusion and caring for others,” said Wood, citing the way local residents and businesses have fought together to keep both of these institutions in the community.

The MRC initiative will have to overcome great odds to reach the top four, as a total of 1195 nominations were accepted by KHPP this year. Wood hopes that Markdale's case is more compelling than all the others.

Among the proposed improvements to King Edward Park noted in the application are:

  • Replace the old lighting with a new high efficiency system
  • Replace the decaying posts with new steel standards
  • Replace the aging Snack booth
  • Add upgraded water & electrical lines to the Snack booth
  • Regrade and reseed the ball field
  • Add a new hydration system to the ball field
  • Repair the ball diamond dugouts
  • Pave even paths and safe viewing areas for elderly and wheelchair patrons
  • Construct horseshoe pitches, volleyball court, lawn bowling field and garden

To view the full King Edward Park nomination, visit the KHPP website.


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