Musical Garden Opens At Diefenbaker Park

Photograph By Sandor Gyarmati

Kids and kids at heart will be able to enjoy making music at Diefenbaker Park.

Municipal officials, members of the Tsawwassen Rotary and others, including the Grade 3 class from Pebble Hill Elementary, were on hand at the Tsawwassen park Thursday for the grand opening of a new musical garden. It’s a partnership between the Rotary and Corporation of Delta.

Having a $56,000 price tag, the cost was equally shared. An outdoor play area was installed that has several durable percussion instruments, including drums, chimes, and xylophones, designed for outdoor use. Instruments were placed in a circular space within a seating wall and newly planted trees.

Noting studies have shown music is beneficial for child development, Mayor Lois Jackson applauded Rotary projects which have benefited the community, made possible thanks to the partnerships.

Club president Benno Buchur said not only children but their great grandparents can also enjoy using the musical features.

Special recognition was also given to Rotarian Vicki Sangster for her work with the club including spearheading the creation of the new musical garden

The Rotary club, which brought a new outdoor water play area to Diefenbaker Park a couple of years ago, has been involved in numerous community oriented projects, such as the inaugural Soap Box Derby in Tsawwassen last summer, the annual tree-lighting in the park during Christmas season as well as the water fountain and stair counter installations at Fred Gingell Park.

The club, which grew out of the Ladner Rotary, has been existence for about 25 years.

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