New Mission Creek Regional Park playground open

Central Okanagan youngsters have a new place to play that will stimulate their creative juices and exercise their senses.

Regional Board Chair Robert Hobson has officially opened the new playground located in Mission Creek Regional Park.

Hobson says, “This facility is one of the most popular and well used playgrounds in the region.  After 20 years, it was badly in need of an overhaul.  Much of the old equipment was outdated and was getting costly to maintain.  The new playground and equipment reflects the latest safety standards, is accessible, and is designed to encourage multi-sensory creative exercise and play.”

Highlights of the new playground and equipment include:  separate play areas for children age two to five and six to 12; prefabricated equipment that includes a rope climbing structure, swings and spinner bowls; a sensory wall, sand table, log balance and sound toys.  There is also a dry stream feature that acts as both an element of play and improves site drainage.

Hobson says, “While we’re celebrating the official opening of the new playground today, preparations actually began back in 2010, as our parks staff gathered input from a variety of community groups on what they’d like to see in a redesigned play area.  That collective vision saw accessibility, creativity and multi-sensory activities as priorities for our design.”

He adds, “Along with $150,000 funding from the Regional District, the Orchard City Lions Club, which contributed to the original playground, stepped up once again to support children and youth in the community with a generous $10,000 donation.   And Tire Stewardship BC provided a $15,000 grant for installation of the upgraded rubber safety surface that’s made from recycled tires.”

While most of the play equipment is new, the original platform structure was retained, its wood decking replaced and has been incorporated into the new playground in Mission Creek Regional Park.


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