Just in time for the Thanksgiving long weekend, a new major fixture has been added to a Surrey park, and it specifically benefits kids with disabilities.
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A 12,000-sq-ft, universally-accessible playground that opened this week at Unwin Park in Surrey’s Newton is the city’s largest inclusive playground.
All of the playing spaces have accessible features and equipment, including double-wide ramps, rubber surfacing, and even a wheelchair-accessible “we-go-round.”
The Jumpstart Playground was funded by Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Charities. The project was first announced this past spring.
“By playing, whether through organized sport or with friends on a playground, kids are given the opportunity to develop valuable life skills such as confidence, courage and teamwork,” said Scott Fraser, president of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, in a statement.
Surrey mayor Doug McCallum added: “Creating spaces where residents of all ages and abilities can enjoy active play together is at the centre of our vision to advance as a thriving, healthy community where everyone feels welcome. We thank Jumpstart Charities for their partnership in bringing this inclusive playground to Unwin Park. It is a welcome addition that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come.”
This is the sixth Jumpstart Playground constructed by Canadian Tire’s charity to date.