Excitement is building in Sage Creek as kids and parents alike watch as construction is underway on a brand new playground in Ron Duhamel Park.
“This playground is going to be well worth the wait,” says Aaron Hirota from McGowan Russell Group. The Winnipeg landscape architecture company provided all of the plan and design services for the new grounds.
Sage Creek currently has three playground 'nodes’ in the community, but this will provide a central area for everyone to play at. The playground will be separated into two sections, an area for the older kids and a junior area for the little ones under five years old.
“The idea is to have a physical separation so the younger kids can have their own space to play,” says Hirota. He also notes that the two areas will be separated by a sidewalk, trees and benches that allow parents to keep a close eye on their kids on each side.
Although Parc Ron Duhamel Park officially opened up in the summer of 2014, Provincial and City officials set aside funds for a future expansion, and presented the Sage Creek Residents’ Association with over $100,000 to invest in a new playground.
Back then, the park had a baseball field, basketball court, toboggan hill and soccer field but the residents felt the community needed a bigger playground. After the funds were secured, McGowan Russell began working on the drawings and approvals for the new play space that everyone in the community could benefit from.
“The equipment in the larger playground, is ‘deckless’, which means it can be accessed at ground level for all ages and ability levels. It includes individual play elements that are connected together to provide maximum play value,” says Hirota. There will be an endless amount of exploration with the new slides, swings and equipment for creative play such as music and skill panels.
“We wanted to achieve maximum play value for your dollar,” says Hirota. “And we accomplished that in the final design, which includes equipment that wasn’t in any of the other playgrounds in the area.”
The equipment was provided by GameTime Playground Equipment based out of Fort Payne, Alabama and is one of the largest companies to provide safe and inclusive structures around the world.
While the residents are eagerly waiting for the playground to be finished, everything is on track to be completed by the end of June. Keep your eyes peeled for this exciting addition to the thriving community of Sage Creek!