Those looking for accessible activity now have a new space to go.
The City of Prince George recently finished the construction of a new accessible playground at Heather Park, located in the Hart neighbourhood.
Besides being wheelchair accessible, other features include:
- A “friendship swing” that allows to children to swing together.
- Swings with harnesses providing greater stability for those with limited upper-body mobility.
- An elevated access ramp allowing wheelchair users to have a raised-level playing experience.
- A roller slide for safe, sensory play, which is important for childhood physical development.
The funding came from the Heather Park Parent Advisory Council, which raised roughly $125,000 to build the facility.
“The Heather Park Parent Advisory Council saw a need in our area for more safe and accessible playgrounds that could be enjoyed by all children, and worked hard to raise the funds necessary to achieve our goal,” PAC chair Rosalie Mellott says in a press release. “We would like to thank the City of Prince George for working with us to make our goal a reality. Children in the neighbourhood will benefit for years to come.”
Construction began in the summer and finished mid-October.
Earlier in the year, the playground at Duchess Park also received an accessibility upgrade, and the city replaced playgrounds at Sanderson, Jackpine, Quinson, Starlane and Ridgeview parks.