July 15, 2014 - 5:03 PM
KELOWNA – Councillors approved funding Monday for a new children’s playground in Mission Recreation Park.
“Over the past few years, regular users have expressed a desire to install a playground to provide children of the participants a fun and safe play option when at the ball park,” says community recreation coordinator Chris Babcock. “After raising over $14,000, (Kelowna Mixed Slo-Pitch League) approached with their intent to install a playground.”
The playground will consist of two structures, one for five to 12-year-olds and another for kids five and younger. It will be built between two of the ball diamonds, and be protected from errant balls by an overhead structure.
Coun. Colin Basran calls the playground a welcome addition to the park.
“I know a lot of parents who play slo-pitch who have been waiting a long time for this,” he says. “It took longer than anyone anticipated but the end result is pretty great.”
The project is expected to cost around $85,000, with funds coming from alcohol sales and user fees at the complex. The remainder was provided by Partners in Parks, Kinsmen and Kelowna Mixed Slo-Pitch.
The new playground will be located between two ball diamonds in Kinsmen Park.
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