As a mother of two children under the age of five, I am writing this letter to express my sincere appreciation for all of the activities our community offers for young children.
Our family frequents the downtown play park on a regular basis. It is always a safe, well-kept place for the children to play, meet friends or have a picnic.
This was the first year we were able to enjoy all that Beaver Valley May Days has to offer. From the parade, to the entertainment and activities in the arena, to the new play area near the baseball field, we had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves before lunch time.
We very excited about the addition of the Village’s dig dirt area this year. This area, staffed by the Mayor, CAO and public works staff screamed committed community to me. Everyone was having such a great time watching the kids play in a fabulous, unstructured, “get dirty” environment while learning about the machines, which maintain our community.
As spring came to an end and we were planning summer activities, I was thrilled to learn about the Beaver Valley and Montrose summer camp. I quickly picked up the phone to call Kelly at the arena to register my son.
Kelly, as always, excitedly answered the phone and provided all of the information I needed. When I asked if I could pay over the phone or should send a cheque on the first day, she indicated the camp was free. I had heard great things about last year’s camp and was fully prepared to pay to have my son attend this year’s. My son participated in a couple of days of camp and is still talking about it, a month and a half later.
I think it is so amazing that we live in a community where events like this are offered on a regular basis. To have them free is a bonus, which ensures equal access to all families.
I am proud to live in Fruitvale and thankful our family continues to benefit from everything our area has to offer.
Keep up the great work!