Click this image to view a gallery of images that illustrate the layout, and selected play equipment to go into this project.
The three Rotary clubs of Salmon Arm have
united to take on a fantastic new project in the city of Salmon Arm. Over the next three years they will be
fundraising, grant seeking, and planning a new playground structure for
Blackburn Park. It will be the
city's first universally accessible playground - integrating children of all
abilities socially, physically, and emotionally.
The playground will also be accompanied by outdoor exercise stations, where people of all ages can meet for healthy
exercise and to play together.
Located centrally, the facility will be great for families attending the
various events that happen in the area, and it also provides an ideal place for
the grandparents residing in the downtown area to play with their
The playground will be built in close proximity
to the new concession and washroom facilities, which are scheduled to be built
The project is, of course,
actively seeking the support of other local service organizations, corporate
& private donors, and grants, in this opportunity to improve upon Blackburn
It is anticipated that the project will be
completed over the next three years, with the Rotary groups doing their
fundraising and grant seeking in the first year, and planning for construction
of the playground to happen in the summer of 2011. At that time, the playground will be assembled by a team of
Rotarian workers and community volunteers, who will be directed by qualified
installers from the manufacturers of the play equipment. The third year will see the finishing
details such as landscaping, site furnishings, and the exercise stations
With the 2010 - 2011 Theme for Rotary International being Building
Communities -- Bridging Continents, it is fitting that the three club president kicked off their year of presidency with a project that will most
certainly bridge gaps and build a stronger sense of community as they join
together to recognize the importance of all citizens in Salmon Arm.
To watch a video that explains the "universally accessible" playground concept, please watch Shane's Inspiration.
We will have project specific information available here soon, so check back for projected site plans, and equipment lists.