Renovations to the Lions Ventureland Playground in the Parksville Community Park are now underway.
During the upgrade project, two pieces of play equipment will be removed to facilitate construction of a new sidewalk and installation of the new equipment, according to a media release from the city.
Ground preparation will start in October, new play equipment installation is scheduled for November and rubber surfacing will follow, weather dependent, the city said.
The new piece, called Harbour Town, is around 60 feet x 60 feet and includes six slides, a pirate ship, spinner and climbing structures. The playground piece is based on ramps and hexagonal platforms fostering inclusive and intergenerational play to be accessible to users of all abilities. The design is based on a ship and dock theme fitting with the marine-seashore overall theme in the playground.
The city received a grant for $315,000 earlier this year for improvements to the playground, through the B.C. Tourism Dependent Communities Fund.
The new equipment will be located on the far left of the playground area (if you are facing the water). It will be near a treed, shaded area, where the city is considering placing more benches.
The playground will continue to see ongoing upgrades with the support of the Parksville Lions Club, according to the city.