Get your sunscreen and adventurous nature ready because White Rock is welcoming a new addition to its outdoor landscape this summer. This attraction will be in the form of an all ages and all abilities playground promoting a healthier lifestyle for the entire community.
The City of White Rock has been working with the Peace Arch Foundation and White Rock Fire Fighters Charitable Society to bring this playground to life. With the goal of creating the healthiest community in British Columbia, this plan lays the groundwork for supporting an active lifestyle for everyone. Furthermore, the barrier-free design will allow people of all abilities to enjoy the outdoor space. Small children, youth, adults, seniors, and persons using personal assistive devices like walkers and wheelchairs will all have the opportunity to enjoy this new space. Inclusivity and accessibility stand at the forefront of this project. As a result, the playground committee has highlighted the following points as key to this initiative:
- Inclusion –Environment where all ages and abilities can participate in physical fitness activities in an outdoor environment.
- Age Appropriate – Develop age-appropriate zones to appeal to a variety of individuals.
- Stimulation of Senses – Equipment will use a variety of materials and colours to heighten senses, experience, and overall development.
- Security – Ensure community members feel safe when using the equipment.
- Surfacing – Have a low maintenance and inviting appearance that provides fall protection.
In addition to emphasizing the importance of inclusivity, this playground acts as a vehicle to ensure physical, social and mental well-being throughout the entire community. This aligns with the Strategic Plan for a Healthier Community in South Surrey-White Rock set in 2015. The playground is under construction at Ruth Johnson Park and will be complete by late-July this year. This inclusive playground marks the first phase of a proposed network to connect White Rock’s parks. The network will be comprised of three play spaces located along the Duprez Ravine Trail and the Marine Drive Promenade.
Excited for the newest addition to our White Rock community? You can get involved with this new initiative by submitting a name for this all abilities playground. The playground committee will select and announce the winning name during the playground’s grand unveiling this July. Open to all South Surrey and White Rock residents, you can submit your suggestion here until July 3.