Young people beautify park building

A YOUTH project to help beautify George Little Park is completed.

MARTIN LOGGIN and Saskia Hart help put the finishing touches on the new mural on the outside wall of the washroom at George Little Park.

MARTIN LOGGIN and Saskia Hart help put the finishing touches on the new mural on the outside wall of the washroom at George Little Park.

A YOUTH project to help beautify George Little Park is completed.

Matthew Daratha’s mural on an outside wall of the washroom in the park brightens up the area and Youth Advisory Committee members added the final clear coat to it at the end of last month.

“It really brought out the colour and gave it a bit of a sheen that makes it that much brighter,” said Kim McDougall, the city liaison with the committee.

The idea for the mural was brought up by Ana Wilke at a Youth Advisory Committee meeting, said McDougall.

“One of the girls came up with the idea to beautify the park because it had been beautified with the band shell…and said it was unsightly, and how about a mural” she said.

“One wall is done and maybe eventually we can do the others and maybe inside.”

The committee has just received grant money from the Downtown Terrace Rotary Club and plan to take the old tennis courts below the arena and turn them into a basketball court on one side and a roller hockey rink on the other side separated by a fence, said McDougall.

“Nobody has used them (tennis courts) for years,” she added.

There’s also plans to put an outdoor volleyball net near Heritage Park Museum, possibly near the horseshoe pit.

McDougall and Mayor Dave Pernarowski sit in on Youth Advisory Committee meetings but are just there to listen to what the members have to say, take project ideas to council and to help direct the committee if needed.

“We try to maintain a low profile because we want it to be a youth group,” she said. “Part of our role is the committee lets us know what they think youths want so we can let council know.”

The Youth Advisory Committee has dropped from 15 members to seven as some have moved away or turned 20 – the age range for the task force is 13 to 19 – or joined other groups so it’s looking for more members, said McDougall.

“I think a lot of people don’t know there is a youth group and it’s fairly active,” she said, adding members can sit on it for one year or longer.

“…right now it’s anybody who really wants to help out in their own community,” she said about youths who want to join.