10 July 2019

Vancouver to invest millions to build new playgrounds in several parks across the city

by Aria Nasimi on July 9th, 2019 Straight.com

At least seven parks across Vancouver will get new playgrounds.
They will be built in Ash, Beaconsfield, Cedar Cottage, Charleson, Jones, Kaslo, and Winona parks.
It came as a result of a park board vote last night to direct staff to negotiate and enter into contracts
In a media statement, the board said that construction of the new playgrounds, which cost a total of $4.5 million, is scheduled to start this summer or in early fall.

Vancouver park board chair Stuart Mackinnon said the seven new playgrounds will receive fun and challenging play equipment.

“There is much community support and enthusiasm for playground renewals and it’s an ongoing priority for the park board,” Mackinnon said in the statement. “Play equipment encourages children to be more active and builds social skills and sensory activity, helps with cognitive development, and encourages healthy emotional development.”

 Trampolines, pirate ships, hill slides, and spider-web nets are some of the equipment that the new playgrounds will have.

Seating areas and drinking fountains will also be available in the new playgrounds, the park board said.

According to the board, many of the current 160 playgrounds in parks across the city are reaching the end of their lifespan.

In 2015, the board made a priority of replacing the parks’ playgrounds. So far, 17 playgrounds have been renewed.

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