The Oakridge Optimist Club was chartered in
May 1957 and has served the youth of our community ever since. Today we have a membership of 45 community
minded people who operate several large and small fundraising initiatives in
order to give back to the youth of our community by operating or supporting
initiatives in the areas of health, recreation, education and safety.
This is a special year as Canada celebrates
its sesquicentennial and our club reaches a 60-year anniversary milestone. The club has approved a capital project that
will see an infusion of about $65,000.00 into parks in the Oakridge area. These improvements are:
of hydro to the baseball diamond at Hazelden Park on Hyde Park Road, which is
the home of some of our baseball committee’s Rookie Ball games. The use of hydro to operate the pitching
machine will eliminate the need to use noisy and bulky gasoline generators.
The improvement of
the soccer mini pitches at West Oak Park on Valetta Street will make for a
safer field of play for our soccer committee’s younger players. There will also be an addition of some
passive equipment including a bench and some trees in the park.
Community Park will receive the installation of a cement pad with a metal
gazebo on the upper level near the playground equipment and the current splash
pad. This will provide a level surface
for parents pushing children in strollers and persons using wheelchairs or
other devices while enjoying the park.
This will also provide some much-needed shade for all of the families
using this area of the park.
Community Park will also benefit from the installation of a flagpole and some
hardscape near the entrance that will mark the anniversary years of the club
and Canada. The flagpole will proudly
fly the Canadian flag.
We are confident that all of these
improvements will be completed this summer in time for a celebration in the
park on June 24th. It should
be noted that these improvements will be made with the much-appreciated help of
the City of London Parks Department but they will be fully funded by our club
through our fundraising efforts.