Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Playtime atop Summit at Roosevelt Park features new playground to explore

Keeping Active at École Roosevelt Park School
(Photo from PRPA)

The latest playground improvement for the community will be found at École Roosevelt Park School, with the play area atop Summit avenue in the city receiving a significant upgrade recently. 

That coming  as part of a partnership between the School Parent Advisory Committee and the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Community Investment Fund.

The scope of the new facility was outlined by the PRPA today in an announcement of the project, highlighting some of the newest in attractions for the playground users.

The new playground features several pieces of equipment that enable group play and offer children a range of different developmental opportunities, including: a We-Saw wheelchair-accessible see-saw that emphasizes motor planning; Curva and Saddle Spinners which support balance, equilibrium, and muscle tone; a Super Netplex which helps children focus on strategic planning and problem solving as they navigate up, down, and through the structure; and Oodle Swing which is designed to allow multiple children to play together at once. 

Another significant addition is the rubberized play surface, which allows people using strollers or mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs to safely move around and access the equipment.

The partnership between the Roosevelt PAC and the Port made for the focus of comments From Marianne Pohl, the PAC Treasurer.

“The new accessible playground encourages students of all ages and abilities to engage with one another and find new ways to play together, which will further enhance the positive and inclusive culture of our school,. The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund provided the support necessary to make this dream a reality and the entire school community is excited to see it come to fruition.”

For the Port, as Shaun Stevenson noted in his comments today, the opportunity to partner with local groups to develop such play spaces is a rewarding part of the Port's work in the community.

“We are steadfastly committed to developing new play places for youth across the North Coast where they can safely explore, grow, and have fun. We commend the volunteers who have worked to build this new playground and look forward to seeing generations of children in the community create lasting memories playing here with their friends and family.”

Since 2010 the Prince Rupert Port Authority has used its Community Investment Fund to bring over 1.1 million dollars towards refurbishment or creation of new play areas in the region.

The PRPA has also provided a video of the project, as part of today's overview of the new look for Roosevelt Park.

More notes on the Roosevelt project can be reviewed here.

A look at some of the other Community Investment Fund projects in the region can be explored through our archive page here.

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