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Sailboat and custom-built playhouses entertain children in three new accessible playgrounds

May 27 2013

“Playgrounds are fun and play an essential role in children’s physical development and socialization,” says Park Board Chair Sarah Blyth. “Our new playgrounds are important to the continued vitality of their east Vancouver neighbourhoods.”

John Hendry Park playground

Children can now soar on a swing, fly down a slide or sail into the sunset at the Vancouver Park Board’s newest accessible playground—one of three to recently open. The projects are the result of input from the local community, and embrace the Park Board’s priority for sustainable and accessible design.

The John Hendry Park playground near Trout Lake Community Centre features a sailboat—an idea suggested during public consultation. Park Board staff adapted the 40-year-old vessel and installed a flat floor before mounting it onto concrete. The playground, replacing an old one removed in 2011 during construction of the new community centre, also contains a custom-designed 10-foot-square playhouse and a natural log climber—both made from a 100+ year-old cypress tree that was removed recently from Stanley Park after it died. A slide, large dome net climber, dish swing, and sand play area with a child activated water play feature complete the play area.

“Playgrounds are fun and play an essential role in children’s physical development and socialization,” says Park Board Chair Sarah Blyth. “Our new playgrounds are important to the continued vitality of their east Vancouver neighbourhoods.”

Children at Salsbury and Carleton Parks also have new playgrounds. Salsbury Park playground replaces one that was 30-years old and features a climbing structure with slide, dish swing and sand play area. The ground is covered with coloured recycled tires made possible with a $10,500 grant from the Tire Stewardship BC.  Carleton Park playground features a merry-go-round, a small custom-made cedar hut and sand box for tots’ imaginative and nature play, as well as a play structure with swings and slides for older children.

All three playgrounds have accessible ground play elements on the lower level of the climbing structures, disk swings that can be more easily used by those with reduced mobility, and wheelchair accessible surfaces and paths. 

There are now more than 160 playgrounds in over 230 Vancouver parks.

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playground at Ceperley Meadow in Vancouver with fire truck

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