There are many different projects, which make up Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach.
In 1988, the Ladysmith Kinsmen built a playground at Transfer Beach. The old rusty equipment that was there was unsafe and the Town was removing it, so the club stepped forward with a plan to build a $60,000 playground. Over the next year the club built their very own “made in Ladysmith” adventure playground at the beach.
In August 2015, the new one was launched!
Beach Volleyball and Basketball Courts
During the summer months, you can find people playing beach volleyball. The 3-on-3 basketball court also gets some attention.
We recently built an adventure playground at Brown Drive Park (now called Kinsmen Park). With the experience—and amazing support from the Ladysmith community—we managed to build this playground in just eight months!
This playground was built along the lines of the very successful playground that the club had built at Transfer Beach.
The Kinsmen will be installing a sidewalk along the north side of the playground so that people using strollers or wheelchairs could access the areas of the playground easier. It is hoped that this will be done by mid-June 2015.
Holland Creek Trail Gazebo
When you walk the Holland Creek Trail, you may notice the gazebo and toilets. This was provided by the Kinsmen.
We also provided the portable toilet at the Dogwood Dip entrance to the Trail.
In 2013, we saw another request for help. The new Ladysmith Museum was finding that people with disabilities could not access their new museum. They approached the Kinsmen and asked if they could help build a ramp. Again with the assistance of local businesses and some folks with expertise, over two weekends, the club built a brand new wheelchair disability ramp so that all folks could enjoy the hard work done by the Ladysmith Historical Society.
Frank Jameson Community Centre
When Ladysmith’s Frank Jameson Community Centre was constructed, there was no provision to have curtains on the stage in the centre. This proved very inconvenient for events such as plays and the Ambassador program.
The Ladysmith Kinsmen purchased the first set of stage curtains for the centre and the high intensity lighting for the gym.
Almost thirty years ago, the Frank Jameson Community Centre and pool on Sixth Avenue was opened. It was opening day and everything was ready when it was discovered that there was no cash register in the front for admissions! The Kinsmen immediately came on the scene, found out what the centre needed and purchased a cash register from a supply outlet and all was well.
Ladysmith Food Bank
Over the last five years the Ladysmith Kinsmen have held a number of fundraisers to help fill the shelves, and bank account, of the local food bank. In that time the club has helped to raises, thanks to the citizens and businesses of Ladysmith, over $15,000 for the food bank and over 5 tons of non-perishable food.
In the early 90’s there was a drive to build a skateboard park in Ladysmith. The Kinsmen Club was approached and agreed to take it on as a project. The members of the club, working with a group of local skateboarders, went to various businesses and garnered enough donations of both in-kind and dollars, that the first skateboard park was built at the Frank Jameson Community Centre.