Lions Millennium Park christened Friday

Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray got a chance to see firsthand what $100,000 in Canadian Millennium Partnership Program funding has done for the Lions Park here, taking part in the official dedication ceremony Friday morning.
The area in front of the podium was packed with children from Robert Moore and Huffman Schools, who marched to the park from their classrooms to take part in the festivities.
“It’s great to see all you young people here,” emcee Gord McBride, also a trustee with the Rainy River District School Board, told the crowd of children.
“Are you glad to be here?” he asked, to which he received a resounding, “Yes!”
Local MP Robert Nault, also minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, joined Gray in turning a shovelful of sod in the area of the park, which still has to see the fountain, picnic tables, and kiosk added.
He commended the Lions Club for their vision of bringing seniors and young people together in the same setting.
“The millennium partnership is an opportunity for the federal government to partner with local organizations,” Nault said.
“They’ll be people just like you getting together to mark the millennium,” Gray said. “You’re joining thousands of Canadians coast to coast.”
Gray said the Lion’s Millennium Park was a perfect example of the type of partnership the federal government wanted to make with its program. He particularly like the multicultural aspect of the park, with plans to erect a wigwam shaped kiosk in honour of Canada’s First Nations.
Bud Danylchuk, former international director, thanked Gray for his kind words, noting the Lions Club was very grateful for the chance to make the millennium park a reality.
“Such an ambitious project could not have been realized without the support of the federal, provincial, and local governments, groups, and people of Fort Frances,” he said.
“Bob, one of our projects is to name bricks after people,” he added, which are being sold at $100 a piece.
“You will be given an opportunity to participate,” Danylchuk laughed.