Kivi Park volunteer, 93, is an inspiration for many
SUDBURY -- Kivi Park in Sudbury’s South End is known as a gem to the city. It depends on many volunteers to keep the 482-acre property in good shape.
One of those volunteers is 93-year-old Geoffrey Knight.
Knight has been volunteering at the park for just more than a year, and on top of volunteering, he walks the five-kilometre trail most days.
“It’s a very nice park, it’s got good trails, it’s got good scenery, and nice company,” he said.
Knight's role as a volunteer is to make sure people using the trails have purchased a pass.
“Geoffrey is actually the first volunteer I met here,” said Kivi Park communications coordinator Hailey McCue. "He stopped me and asked for my pass when I was out for a walk. It was awesome … He’s been a volunteer for a year, and every time I see him, I just get so inspired to see someone his age out walking like that.”
Knight doesn’t take it easy on the trails. He heads deep into the bush, where the trails are narrow and steep.
“There’s always challenges, particularly going downhill,” he said. “I have to go very slowly, I have to take very small steps.”
As long as he remains healthy, Knight told CTV News he plans on hiking the Kivi Park trails until he’s 100.
“I think it’s keeping me healthy, and sane," he said. "To stick indoors all day I would go around the bend.”
No matter what the temperature is, Knight makes it his goal to do the five-kilometre route. On days where it’s too windy, he sticks to the one-kilometre trail.