A section of the playground in Parksville Community Park will be fenced off to allow excavation and preparation for installation of new play equipment starting today (Oct. 25).
Most of the Lions Ventureland Playground will remain open to the public, according to a release from the city. Surfacing of the area is weather dependent because a few days of dry weather are required. The city anticipates the project will be complete in November.
The new piece, called Harbour Town, is about 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 for 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.