On Aug. 26, the Township of Tudor and Cashel took delivery of a new teeter-totter for their playground in Gilmour, courtesy of the Madoc Lions Club. On hand at the delivery of this piece of playground equipment was Mayor Libby Clarke, Carl Blakely and Tom Simpson from the Madoc Lions Club and Nancy Carrol, Tudor and Cashel Township clerk. The new teeter-totter will be installed when they update the playground in the coming weeks.
Tom Simpson, the president of the Madoc Lions Club, says that the donation of this teeter-totter was asked for by the township’s recreation committee, and is the second piece of playground equipment donated to Tudor and Cashel, the first being a teeter-totter donated to the park in Millbridge two years ago.
He says both teeter-totters were ordered from Blue Imp Recreational Products in Manitoba, and they took about six weeks to be delivered.
“The Madoc Lions Club stands by our motto of ‘we serve,’ taking care of our youth and seniors and those in need. We do all of the volunteer work for our local hospice house. We were more than happy to oblige [the recreation committee’s] request,” he says.
Teeter-totters, or see saws as they’re sometimes called, have been a fixture in playgrounds for well over a hundred years.
Despite the fact that teeter-totters fell out of favour in recent years due to safety concerns, these have been alleviated with enhanced safety built into modern teeter-totters. Experts assert that they encourage collaborative play and patience, as it needs the two kids to coordinate and balance the equipment for it to work. Upper and lower body strength are developed and enhanced and kids also learn about the mechanics of fulcrums through playing on a teeter-totter.
Mayor Libby Clarke says that they are excited to have this teeter-totter as they are working on refurbishing the playground in Gilmour.
“The current playground in Gilmour has been there since the Gilmour Public School was in operation and is currently in need of a face lift. This teeter-totter will certainly be the catalyst to getting this completed,” she says. “We are very grateful to the Madoc Lions Club and would like to thank Lion Tom Simpson for reaching out to Tudor and Cashel again with this second teeter-totter for the children in Tudor and Cashel.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times