Construction has started on a new enhanced playground in the heart of Summerland, with opening day set for May 2022.
The vision is for a "destination playground," designed by Playspace Adventure Ltd. to "promote imaginative and exciting play experiences for children aged 2-12," according to a news release from the District of Summerland.
Elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) will be incorporated in the space through sensory panels, kinetic flags, a problem-solving puzzle, technology through kid-powered and solar-powered energy, and more.
A one-of-a-kind slide known as "The Mighty Descent" lets kids slide alongside friends, and there are structures for kids of all abilities.
Some of the facilities were added thanks to $5,000 donations from the Summerland Kinsmen Club, Kinsmen Foundation and Summerland and District Credit Union.
“This new playground project aligns with council’s Active Lifestyles Strategic Priority — ensuring community design and services that enhance inclusive, barrier-free participation and promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles,” said Mayor Toni Boot.
“This is a good start to the efforts underway on the redesign of Memorial Park and the broader work of the Downtown Neighbourhood Plan. Both initiatives fit within council’s Downtown Vibrancy Strategic Priority.”
Additional volunteers are welcome to participate at the volunteer day in May (date still to be determined) to assist with placing the engineered wood fibre surfacing. Email [email protected] or phone 250-494-0447 to join the volunteer list.