Summerland Opens State-of-the-Art Playground – Summerland Review

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A new children’s playground, the first of its kind in Canada, is now open at Memorial Park in Summerland.

The playground was designed by Playspace Adventure Ltd. and is intended for children aged 2 to 12 years. It has unique features to integrate learning into play elements.

It includes a slide called Mighty Descent that lets kids slide down with their friends. Additionally, there are science, technology, engineering, art, and math elements in the play space.

Design features sensory panels, kinetic flags, a spinner that reflects sunlight, a problem-solving puzzle, solar-powered and kid-powered technology, and math and engineering development with signage that educates children about momentum, movement and angles.

Children played on the equipment on the morning of May 20 as council members prepared for the official opening.

“People who love playgrounds are already taking full advantage of them,” said Summerland Mayor Toni Boot.

The cost of installation was $265,000. The municipality provided $250,000, with the remainder coming from the Summerland Credit Union, the Summerland Kinsmen Club and the Kinsmen Foundation. Each of these organizations contributed $5,000 to the project.

In addition, the Summerland Firefighters Association, Summerland Kinsmen Club and Summerland Rotary Club provided labor support for the demolition of old site equipment.

“This amazing new playground that has been created is sure to be a popular destination for families and people of all ages. This will help contribute to the growth and vibrancy of the community for years to come,” said Joshua McKay, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Summerland Credit Union.

Linda Van Alphen, President of the Rotary Club of Summerland, said, “The Rotary Club of Summerland is pleased to have participated in the installation of the new Memorial Park playground.

“The fire department was more than happy to volunteer their time with this kids adventure play area. It was great to see all the volunteers coming together and showing what this community is all about, despite the time, everyone worked hard with a smile on their face,” said Nigel Thomas of the Summerland Fire Department.

Much of the playground equipment once on site will remain, although it has been moved. This includes swings and a play structure for young children.

Boot said the playground equipment aligns with Summerland Council’s aim of promoting active lifestyles.

“This is a wonderfully innovative and vibrant play space in the heart of downtown Summerland,” she said.

On May 14, more than 40 volunteers were at the park to distribute wood chips on the site.

Nearly a year earlier, the municipality opened an outdoor fitness area near playground equipment, another alignment with the municipality’s active lifestyle strategic priority.

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