Parksville’s Lions Ventureland playground will have a brand new addition by the end of the year.
Council voted to award a contract to supply and install new equipment, which will offer more accessibility for children of all abilities, according to Belinda Woods, the city’s director of operations, who presented during council’s special meeting on July 29.
The playground will be built on ramps and hexagons and users will be able to move around the structure with a wheelchair. The design is based on a ship and dock theme, Woods said, which fits the overall theme of the city’s community park.
“It looks like a fabulous playground and I’m sure it’s going to bring people from all over the island to it,” said Coun. Marilyn Wilson.
Council awarded the $195,000 contract to Suttle Recreation to install the playground. Earlier this year, the city received a $315,000 grant through the B.C. Tourism Dependent Communities Fund to make improvements to the playground and complete a rubber resurfacing of the play area.
The new equipment will be located on the far left of the playground area (if you are facing the water), Woods said. It will be near a treed, shaded area, where the city is considering placing more benches.
The installation and resurfacing will take place in the fall, the city said. The playground will continue to see ongoing upgrades with the support of the Parksville Lions Club.