Lincoln’s first-ever developer-built park named after long-time resident

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Published August 16, 2021 at 3:41 pm

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Lincoln’s first ever developer-built neighbourhood park was named after a long-time community leader, Angelina Macri Prokich, who passed away in 2011.

The park, built by Losani Homes, was dedicated to Prokich on August 14 in a ceremony that included local politicians, family members and the builders themselves.

“On behalf of Council, I am thrilled to officially open Angelina Macri Prokich Park in honour of this important individual who was truly ahead of her time by bringing unique cultural experiences to youth in Lincoln and thus enriching fabric of the community,” said Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton.

“As a Council, we continue to look for opportunities to expand our parks system and enhance green spaces for people to enjoy the outdoors, especially as the pandemic has endured and access to these amenities is critical for mental and physical health and well-being.”

Prokich immigrated to Canada in 1925 and after completing her education, she began a long and distinguished teaching career which included Beamsville District High School from 1948 until retirement.

The new 8.95-acre park, located at 5045 Connor Drive in Beamsville, includes both active and passive park elements such as:

  • Spray pad
  • Two courts for tennis and pickleball and a separate multi-use court
  • Junior and senior play equipment
  • Pathways and a walking loop
  • Open lawn area for free play
  • Shaded rest areas, benches, installation of trees, plantings and park signage
  • Additional parking to support park use

The town’s CAO Michael Kirkopoulos said new housing developments need to be balanced with effective recreational spaces.

“As our community grows and changes, and with new development, the Town continues to engage with residents about how to create meaningful public spaces, including parks, that provide a sense of community belonging and a positive space for recreation,” he said.

(Photos courtesy of Lincoln)

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