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Steven C. Chaulk Memorial Field rehabilitated by parents, volunteers

Clarence and Doreen Bailey, the parents of Steven Chaulk. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET
Clarence and Doreen Bailey, the parents of Steven Chaulk. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET - Jonathan Parsons

GEORGE’S BROOK-MILTON, N.L. — It was May 1986, when five-year old Steven Chaulk was killed in a car accident while riding his bike near Ryder’s Brook Road in George’s Brook.
The Steven C. Chaulk Memorial Ball Field in George’s Brook-Milton was dedicated to his memory, and now his parents, Clarence and Doreen Bailey, as well as volunteers and donors from the community have renovated the area.

 

The sign marking the site as a memorial for Steven Chaulk. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET
The sign marking the site as a memorial for Steven Chaulk. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET
“We’ve had a lot of support, donations from businesses, a lot of volunteers — and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them,” Doreen told The Packet.
The ball field was named in Steven’s honour back in 1992.
Over the course of the last several months, a new sign purchased by Clarence and Doreen in 2013 is in place, a history panel on the local railroad and the 1935 mail truck was added, and even a railway speeder was restored and sits on display. With an abundance of land work, graded fill and more, they’re well on their way to maintaining the condition of the area in Steven’s memory.
Doreen says she’s glad to see the field be a place for kids once again.
“It means a lot because this has been closed in (out of sight).”
She feels proud to have the new sign displayed for all to see.
With the blessing of the Town of George’s Brook-Milton and the recreation committee, the group has raised funds tirelessly, and thanks to volunteer work and community donations, they’ve made progress on the field area.
But the work hasn’t stopped yet.
They’re hoping to complete more ground work and possibly add a few picnic tables or benches allowing the field to continue to be a safe place for children to play in George’s Brook-Milton.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

 

The railway speeder was restored and erected at the site. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET
The railway speeder was restored and erected at the site. JONATHAN PARSONS/THE PACKET
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