"If you build it, they will come".
After more than three years of planning, fundraising and construction work, Bannister Park in Goderich is officially open.
Recreation Park Revitalization Committee Chair Leah Noel joined municipal officials, Lions Club members and major donors, in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting Saturday.
She tells Country 104.9 News that opening day was so long-awaited, that many committee members had a hard time sleeping on Friday night, in anticipation of the ceremony.
Noel recalls how the community banded together to recreate the former Agricultural Park into the new complex that boasts ball diamonds and a soccer pitch, among other amenities.
She says the Lions Club was instrumental in getting the ball rolling in 2016, and that the $3.8 million project got a major boost through the Kraft-Heinz Project Play contest.
Bannister Park was the winner of $250 thousand in the nationwide Project Play initiative in 2017.
As the ceremony was being held, a ballgame was being played on a diamond behind the ceremonial tent.
The complex has been in use, since its soft launch on Canada Day.
The ribbon-cutting capped 12 hours of activity at Bannister Park Saturday, which ended with a Huron County Fastball League game in which the Goderich Grizzlies were scheduled to play the Monkton Muskrats.
A time-lapse video of Bannister Park construction progress was shot from a drone, and has been edited from the time ground was first broken to the present day.
It will be available shortly on the Town of Goderich website and the Revitalization Committee Facebook page.