A screenshot from the Parksville special council meeting on July 29, 2021, which shows a depiction of what the new play equipment will look like. (Submitted photo)

A screenshot from the Parksville special council meeting on July 29, 2021, which shows a depiction of what the new play equipment will look like. (Submitted photo)

New equipment at Parksville Community Park playground focuses on accessibility

‘Ship and dock’ equipment designed so children of all ability levels can enjoy

The new play equipment at the Lions Ventureland playground in Parksville is going to be huge, with a focus on accessibility.

On Thursday, July 29, Parksville city council held a special meeting to discuss the next phase of the park and to award the construction contract.

The director of operations for the city, Belinda Woods, presented to council what the equipment will look like, with the only changes being to the colour scheme so that it matches the rest of the playground.

Woods said the equipment will be based on a ‘ship and dock’ theme which fits into the overall ‘marine-seashore’ theme of the playground, and is expected to be completed by end of the year.

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“Some of the exciting pieces about this is that it’s built on ramps and hexagons.”

According to Woods, the ramps and hexagons allow for an ease of movement so that children of all ability levels can enjoy the equipment.

Funding for the project was achieved earlier this year through a grant by the Tourism Dependent Communities Fund, in the amount of $315,000. Approximately a third of that grant was slated for rubber surfacing of the playground, with the remainder set aside for additional equipment.

The construction contact was awarded to Suttle Recreation the amount of $195,000.

mandy.moraes@pqbnews.com

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