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Ball park playground

A new kids playground is in the works for the Mission Softball Complex.

City Council approved the move Monday.

The $85,000 cost of the playground will be split between private donations and City reserve funds.

Private donations totalling $43,917 will be split between the Kinsmen, Partners in Parks and the Kelowna Mixed Slo-Pitch League.

City contributions of $39,291 will come from the Sports Field Reserve and MRP Softball Facility Reserve funds.

The playground will be situated between diamonds three and four at the four diamond complex.

According to city spokesman Chris Babcock, the playground will include a cover to protect kids from foul balls and feature play structures for kids ages two to 12.

"The style of the playground is low in profile," says Babcock.

"The larger, main structure will cater to five to 12 year olds while the free standing, multi bounce piece will be geared toward a two to five year old."

Babcock says the softball complex is primarily used by five adults leagues who play from April through October under the umbrella of the Kelowna Adult Softball Association.

"Over the past few years there has been a desire from the regular user groups to install a playground to provide children of the participants with a fun and safe play option when at the ballpark."

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