May 09, 2014 - 12:22 PM
Penticton – Play time is going natural. Alongside project partners, the City of Penticton is officially opening its first natural playground, Discovery Park, in Skaha Lake Park this coming Saturday.
“Discovery Park is an incredible addition to Skaha Lake and the vibrancy on our southern waterfront,” said Penticton Mayor Garry Litke. “This park is an excellent space for young families and truly an amenity the community will treasure for years to come.”
Discovery Park at Skaha Lake is in line with the “natural playground” movement, which incorporates elements you would find in nature into play equipment. This encourages children to move and use their imagination, fostering physical, cognitive and emotional development.
When park users arrive, they will find a variety of play “equipment”:
- Boulders sourced from local rock quarries, combined with ropes to create climbing features.
- Balancing logs were built from trees infested with pine beetle.
- Musical instruments
- Earth berm slides
- Playhouse and swings
- Interactive water feature to educate and remind children that water is a valuable and limited resource.
Discovery Park at Skaha Lake was the South Okanagan Children’s Charity’s seventh Miracle Fund project.
The City of Penticton contributed $30,000 to the project cost, and partnerships cultivated by the South Okanagan Children’s Charity exceeded $70,000.
“We are so grateful to the South Okanagan Children’s Charity for their work to make the project a reality, and to all the donors who contributed to this park,” said Litke.
The grand opening will be held at 9 a.m. at Discovery Park at Skaha Lake, located beside the tennis courts on Parkview Street. The Rotary Club of Penticton will be holding a pancake breakfast, and donations of Sun- Rype juice and Tim Hortons coffee will be available. Shirts will also be given to the first 200 children in attendance.
Discovery Park at Skaha Lake is among several projects designed to enhance Penticton’s waterfronts, an ongoing project that was among Council’s strategic priorities.
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