Five parks in Sparwood are getting facelifts.

Sparwood parks getting new equipment

Five Sparwood parks will undergo renovations this fall with the installation of new playground equipment.

The District of Sparwood is investing more than a quarter-million dollars to give parks in the area a much-needed facelift.

Throughout the months of September and October, five parks in Sparwood, including Cypress Park, Central Park, Juniper Park, Lions Park and the Leisure Centre grounds, will be using the $278,000 investment to bring in new equipment that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Duane Lawrence, director of community and facility services, said the current playgrounds are more than 20 years old and have “served their purpose” and said it’s time for an upgrade. He said in order to capitalize on a larger big order the district is able to get more out of the funding if all five parks are upgraded at once.

Playground sets and designs have come a long way over the past two decades, he said.

“Now all the playgrounds out there are designed to encourage free, active play and creativity and are there for physical enjoyment,” he said, adding there’s a “physical literacy aspect” to them as well.

“Physical literacy is a term used for describing how people or how kids learn about balance, strength, movement in environments,” he said. “Playgrounds now take that into consideration so the playgrounds that we chose are partly based on the design, the flow, the number of activities, the different types of activities that the kids can partake in. Also we have a variety of ages that can access different spots and challenge themselves as well.”

While the new parks aren’t wheelchair-accessible, Lawrence said there’s a fully wheelchair-accessible park at the elementary school.

Lawrence said some of the old equipment will be salvaged, such as teeter-totters and marry-go-rounds, but the majority of the old equipment will be recycled.

There is a lot of research done on playground equipment safe, and Lawrence said the new equipment will meet CSA and Industry Canada standards. He said he’s excited for the upgrades.

“These playgrounds that we’re installing should provide a unique environment at all the different playgrounds,” he said. “We’re really confident that the kids are going to really enjoy these new playgrounds that we’re putting in.”

Just Posted

RCMP busy with thefts, mortar discovery, assault, arrests, more

Submitted Cst. Debra Katerenchuk, Media Relations Officer, Elk Valley RCMP The Elk… Continue reading

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Elk Valley coach sets sight on all girls hockey team

Statistics from BC Hockey show fewer girls are signing up to play… Continue reading

Proposed Hosmer intersection set to improve safety

A proposed intersection in Hosmer aims to improve the safety of those… Continue reading

Maiden Lake flood mitigations to be completed in full

The City of Fernie will forge ahead with all required flood mitigations… Continue reading

VIDEO: Stop-motion artist recreates Kawhi Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater

It took Jared Jacobs about 40 hours to make the video, on top of the research

Canada Day fireworks cancelled in Fernie

Fireworks will not feature as part of Canada Day celebrations in Fernie… Continue reading

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read