The City of Prince George recently finished construction of a new accessible playground at Heather Park in the Hart neighbourhood.
In addition to being wheelchair accessible, the playground has several modern and attractive features for visitors of all mobility levels:
- 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 Heather Park Parent Advisory Council (PAC) fund-raised about $125,000 to build the new, accessible facility at the park.
“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,” says PAC Chair Rosalie Mellott. “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 of the new Heather Park Playground began in the summer and was completed by mid-October. Earlier in the year, the playground at Duchess Park received an accessibility upgrade, and the City replaced playgrounds at Sanderson, Jackpine, Quinson, Starlane, and Ridgeview Parks.