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Accessible playground reopens at Kinsmen Park

By Monique Massiah, Strathmore Standard

Town of Strathmore Mayor Pat Fule, councillor Melanie Corbeill and former councillor Steve Grajzyck cut the ribbon at the newly renovated accessible playground at Kinsmen Park on Family Day on Feb. 19, 2018.

Town of Strathmore Mayor Pat Fule, councillor Melanie Corbeill and former councillor Steve Grajzyck cut the ribbon at the newly renovated accessible playground at Kinsmen Park on Family Day on Feb. 19, 2018.

There's a new brightly lit playground just around the corner from the main entrance to Kinsmen Park in downtown Strathmore. The re-opened playground has a jungle gym, swings, climbing apparatus, a climbing wall and more. The new facility is a fun attraction for families at Kinsmen Park. On Family Day, Feb. 19, Mayor Pat Fule, and councillor Melanie Corbeill performed a ribbon cutting ceremony and officially opened the new playground. Also in attendance were former town councillors, and town of Strathmore staff.

 

“I’m thrilled to be here today to participate on this wonderful occasion of re-opening the Kinsmen Accessible Playground and celebrating Family Day with the many activities that are taking place all over our Town,” said Mayor Pat Fule.

“I think it will be a great way for kids of all ages and all abilities and all situations to be able to use the park,” said Fule. “It's a beautiful location in downtown and I think the fact that we can be more inclusive for all our children is going to help a great deal,” he said.

During the afternoon people braved the cold wind and enjoyed hot chocolate and popcorn, courtesy the Strathmore Real Estate REPS group, and skating on the lake with the Healthy Easting Active Living (HEAL) coalition and refreshments courtesy Rocky's Bakery, and waggon rides.

The project includes the replacement of playground equipment and installation of a new play surface, in part due to a grant from Alberta Recycling Management Authority. The surface is made out of recycled tire rubber material which allows anyone with physical limitations to play.

Thanks were also given to the current and former members of town council who championed the project, as well as to town staff who managed the project to its completion.

 



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