There was excitement in Nictaux on October 18th, as County Council and staff, along with members of the community gathered to celebrate the official kick-off of the long-awaited community playground. According to Debra Ryan, Recreation Manger, residents of Nictaux identified a need for a playground in their community and formed the “Let's Get a Playground in Nictaux Society”. Since this time, the Society has been working in cooperation with the County to make the project happen.
“The Municipality purchased the property in 2014 from Mr. Terry Scotney; a huge supporter of the community and the playground project,” Ryan noted. “The goal of purchasing this property was to provide a safe space in the community that would allow for a playground to be built.”“This playground will bring so much more to Nictaux than just an opportunity to increase physical activity,” said Annapolis County Warden Reg Ritchie. “It will also create a space where parents will gather and talk amongst themselves while their children play; it will create community pride and with community pride comes a stronger community.” The Society has been working diligently to raise the funds to see this project happen. Ryan pointed out that, to date, the group has raised over $25,000 towards the project. “This community group is working hard to make sure the playground becomes a reality.” Warden Ritchie added, “Many thanks to Marilyn Coleman and her team of volunteers whose dedication and hard work has brought this project to where it is today.”“We wish the community success with their future fundraising plans as we continue to work with them to see this project come to fruition,” said Councillor Frank Chipman, District 9. "Community spirit is alive and thriving in the community of Nictaux. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Marilyn Coleman, Sandi McLean, Sandra White, Lynda Fairn and others. What started as an idea two years ago has culminated into a fundraising drive that has raised close to $25000 towards a playground for the community of Nictaux. A job well done. Our hats are off to you."