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Okotoks First Inclusive Playground

Public invited to create Okotoks first inclusive playground

Residents are invited to help design Okotoks’ first inclusive playground during a workshop on March 22. The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Pason Centennial Arena with a presentation on inclusive playgrounds.

“An inclusive playground includes structures and surfaces that make it possible for children of all abilities and physical limitations to enjoy outdoor activities and play together,” said Parks Manager Christa Michailuck.

The playground will be constructed at an existing park and two potential locations have been identified, Cimarron Central Park and Riverside Park. The final selection, as well as decisions on design and structures, will be made in collaboration with workshop participants.

“All aspects of the park’s design, location, structure and additional amenities such as picnic tables or fencing will be decided through a collaborative approach,” said Michailuck. “We really want residents and people who will be using the park to tell us what is needed and what will be the best choices for our community.”

This project reflects Council’s strategic direction to provide quality community infrastructure and manage community growth. Providing healthy outdoor environments is also a priority in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Master Plan.

Childcare will be available for children over the age of four but this must be reserved in advance as space is limited. For more information go to Okotoks.ca/inclusiveplayground. To RSVP email Okotoks Parks

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