Nova Scotia

Sydney's Open Hearth Park now home to donated gazebos and benches

Donations of benches and gazebos will help people beat the heat and rest while using Sydney's Open Hearth Park this summer, manager Gerry McCarron says.

Open Hearth Park has become a go-to place for recreation

Donations are paying for gazebos at Open Hearth Park in Sydney, N.S. (George Mortimer/CBC)

Open Hearth Park in Sydney will have new gazebos and benches for people looking to rest in the shade this summer. 

Residents and local businesses have pitched in to sponsor three gazebos and several benches following requests for more shady rest areas in the park.

The park, which opened in 2013 on the site of the former Sydney tar ponds, has become a popular recreation site and needs these small amenities, manager Gerry McCarron said.

"Some of the elderly people came in and had nowhere to sit and get out of the sun," McCarron said. "They can get out of the weather and enjoy a picnic or whatever or just relax."

Parker Rudderham, who owns Pharmacy Wholesale Services, sponsored one gazebo and he said he's glad to see others contribute, as well.

"It's good to see community spirit in the park," Rudderham said.

Two other gazebos have yet to be built. One is being sponsored by Protocase Inc. and the other is sponsored in memory of Jack and Zelda Yazer.

"The gazebo dedication helps everyone to remember the many positive and far-reaching contributions that Jack and Zelda made during their lifetimes," their grandson Jon Yazer said.

The couple was involved in many causes in the Sydney area, including the drive to build a new regional hospital and the Youth Speak Up program to build social empowerment.

"We wanted to ensure their involvement will not be forgotten, and we hope their legacy will inspire the next generation of community builders in Sydney and Cape Breton," Yazer said.

Management with Open Hearth Park says the area could use two more gazebos and more benches, which could be dedicated to former steel plant workers.

The park benches, made of steel, cost $2,500 to sponsor. Gazebos cost $5,000 and trees $500.

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