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Still looking for 100 Men

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Tyler Peacock is halfway towards his goal of gathering 100 Men and $10,000 for a community project. Photo by Chris Marchand
Tyler Peacock is halfway towards his goal of gathering 100 Men and $10,000 for a community project.
Photo by Chris Marchand

By Chris Marchand

Alas, mobilizing Dryden’s men in pursuit of a worthy community project is proving a bigger challenge than Tyler Peacock anticipated.

Since October, Peacock has made it about halfway to his goal, enlisting the support of 50 local guys who have each pledged $100 towards a community project that the participants will vote on.

“Getting it done ($10,000 raised) by March would be excellent,” said Peacock. “That would give the city ample time to complete a project, hopefully for this summer.”

Peacock says he’s come up with a few possible projects that could make a difference in the quality of life in Dryden, though other ideas could still be presented.

“Ultimately it’s going to come down to how the 100 Men vote — majority rules,” said Peacock. “There’s a refresh for Milestone Park. There’s some tennis opportunities in the summertime. It’s been 14 years since anything’s been done there and the south side has no fence so pucks are landing in the neighbours’ yards.”

A second suggestion is to convert a section of local greenspace into a fenced dog park.

“This will give dog owners a safe environment to let their dogs off their leash along with other dog owners and be active.”

Peacock says outdoor gym facilities, which can be seen in parks in many cities and towns, might also be a welcome addition to public space.

There’s also the possibility that a local organization like Neighbourhood Legacy could use the funds to leverage double or triple the amount from funding agencies.

“This is money that the City of Dryden just doesn’t have,” said Peacock. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the men in this community to become more involved. It’s not meant to be exclusive, but if you look at things like the Young Professionals group and Shake Your Booty events, women are the driving force behind those organizations and I give them credit for stepping up and carrying the load for so long. It makes me want to get the guys out too.”

Peacock has enlisted the help of JMACs Barber Shop in downtown Dryden as a crucial hub of masculinity through which interested men can toss their money in the pot and sign up for the project.

For more information check out 100Men on Facebook, or email at dryden100men@outlook.com.

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