The John K. MacDonald Memorial Sports Park in Tatamagouche has a new tractor to help with field upkeep and maintenance. Thanks to numerous fundraisers and donations recently, the tractor was able to be purchased and will see three volunteers operate it. Seated, Murray MacKay. Second row, from left, Marilyn Ebsary, Kelly Tucker, Michelle Foster. Back row, Gail Matheson, Bill Cameron, Alan Fahey, and Wayne Mingo. Raissa Tetanish photo

Some recent fundraising has made a large difference at the John K. MacDonald Memorial Sports Park in Tatamagouche.

In a few short months, $25,000 was raised to purchase a 2300HP Kubota tractor for maintenance of the sports field and ball park.

“It can do almost everything,” said Murray MacKay, who will be driving the machine along with other volunteers Owen Lynds and Tony Matheson. “It’s a mower, loader, and blade, needed for the maintenance of the field and park.”

There were a number of donations toward the purchase of the Kubota tractor, including the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, Scotiabank, and the John K. MacDonald Memorial Bonspiel.

Kelly Tucker, the president of the North Shore Recreation Centre, said the majority came from program registration, as well as a GoFundMe account set up online.

“The machine we had would not keep up with what we needed it to do, because we’re so busy,” she said.

The park, located behind the recreation centre, will see the tractor in use about four times each week. During the school months, the school utilizes the park, with rec centre programming taking advantage from June to September.

“We have a soccer program with 105 kids, and between 65 and 70 kids, plus adults, in ball programs,” said Tucker. “The park is all taken care of by volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

The park also includes a walking or running track, and MacKay said he’s seen people using it daily.

“It depends on the temperature, but there are a lot here in the evenings,” he said.

“And parents use it when their kids are on the fields,” added Tucker.

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Raissa Tetanish
Raissa Tetanish is the editor of the Tatamagouche Light. She has more than 12 years experience as a reporter, with a background in both photography and photojournalism. She can be reached at 902-305-6177, or raissatetanish@tatamagouchelight.com.