There's a new gathering place in Gibsons.
Drive down Chaster Road and chances are you'll see children sliding, spinning and climbing on the newly installed equipment at the Cedar Grove accessible play park.
The play park features accessible surfacing throughout with SoftFall, engineered wood fibre, covering the main area and PlayFall tiles under the toddler area; both surface options maneuverable for those using mobility aids. In addition the play area is ringed by concrete pathways to ensure accessibility for all.
"Our enduring dream to create an accessible venue has been brought to fruition with the kind and generous assistance of a vast and varied array of donors," said Diane Henley, spokesperson for the playground committee. "We look forward to honouring the individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations from our community and beyond at our celebration ceremony on Sept. 30."
In the next few months wheel-chair accessible benches and tables will be installed, a medicine wheel will be added for quiet reflection and the area will be simply landscaped with grassy areas and shade trees.
"We have already received generous donations from the community for two tables and two benches and would welcome further donations for the remaining site furnishings; it would be our pleasure to have a plaque crafted for a personal dedication," added Henley. "Lastly we would like to say how pleased we are that there are other accessible play spaces being erected on our Coast as we move towards being an inclusive and barrier-free community. Whether you bought a Smiley cookie, bid on a silent auction item or passed on a kind word of encouragement, you have a hand in this project and for this, a thousand thanks."