The City of Nepean built three of them in 1968, and they’re pretty much identical.
One reason the old LVCA liked letting everyone use the building for free without any red tape was that it got used a lot – birthday parties, baby showers, play groups, soccer referee clinics, baseball drafts, sleepovers, family reunions, free yoga classes, tennis camps, etc.
If the building is controlled by and lovingly cared for by the community instead of the City bureaucrats, it means more eyes in the park and less chance that the vandals will strike.
We’ve been pretty lucky so far, but there have been a few nasty incidents during the years that I managed the building. The worst one was when they smashed the kitchen window to gain access and then emptied the fire extinguisher all over the little kids’ play equipment and toys. WTF!
Second worst was when they got into the basement by subterfuge and had a wicked ‘party’ smashing things, strewing the contents of the first aid kit all over the place and other stupidities.
It’s not easy getting into the basement, as the doors are super-secure. Somebody tried two summers ago with some heavy equipment (to get at the Recyclore tools and bicycles?) but all they managed to do was damage the door.
If any vandals are reading this – there’s nothing worth stealing, upstairs or downstairs, so go somewhere else.
These pictures are from last September – somebody chucked a rock through the window. About a week later the other one was done.
All of this BS is of course VERY expensive for the taxpayer. For example, here’s a breakdown of the costs of replacing the two windows:
– emergency visit to clean up the glass, put up the plywood, take the measurements, etc.- $500, billed to the City by the contractor for each visit = $1000
– four panes of glass x $300 = $1200
– up to $1000 in labour, paid to the contractor (a busy man- he does all the City’s windows. He told me that Lynwood is BETTER than average- he visits some community buildings weekly! Who can forget the horrible incident at Westcliffe a few years back when they smashed walls and then plugged up the sinks and turned the water on. I heard it cost the taxpayer at least $50,000.).
Plus you could place a dollar value on the City bureaucracy’s costs to deal with it, my time, the inconvenience and diminished experience for park users, reduced community morale, etc.
No wonder our property taxes are so high!
The third building like ours is in Maki Park in Crystal Beach.
Remember the City of Nepean surplus, put aside at amalgamation as the Nepean Heritage Fund, to be spent only in Nepean?
The Crystal Beach neighbourhood got their share, a magnificent addition built on to the original building, whereas Lynwood got new cupboards in the kitchen and a bunker to store the snowblower for the rink.
Why the difference? They had an extremely engaged community association and a good councillor to make it happen. The squeaky organized wheel gets the grease!
If we hadn’t revived the community association from dormancy a few years ago, we would have got squat, as the money is all gone now.