Bryn Whieldon

Bryn Whieldon

New playground popular

The revitalized McLeod Park in Spallumcheen’s McLeod subdivision has become a gathering place.

It’s got slides, swings, rubberized landing area, benches, walkways, basketball courts.

The revitalized McLeod Park in Spallumcheen’s McLeod subdivision has also become a gathering place.

“We are crazy about this park,” said Quin Whieldon, a subdivision resident, in between pushes for her two-year-old daughter, Bryn, on the swings at the park which was officially opened Friday morning.

“It’s a great addition to the subdivision. It used to be we didn’t know any of the neighbours. Now, this park has brought young families together.”

The township revitalized the area which once contained a playground with dilapidated equipment, thanks in part to a $128,000 grant from the B.C. Community Recreation Program and another $30,000 grant from Tire Stewardship B.C. which went toward the cost of the rubber safety surface surrounding the playground.

Mayor Janice Brown praised the expertise of local contractors such as Urban Systems, Su Casa Landscaping, Rec Tech Industries, Western Safety Surfacing, Sunridge Design, Taber Services and Summer Scape Design.

She also thanked McLeod subdivision residents for their input and suggestions regarding the redesign of the park.

“We hope you are all satisfied with the outcome,” said Brown, who was joined by Couns. Christine Fraser and Rachael Ganson, along with township public works manager Ed Forslund at Friday’s official opening.

“We anticipate the park will provide years of enjoyment for the many children and residents of not only McLeod subdivision but the township as a whole.”

Newly appointed community minister Coralee Oakes of Quesnel was unable to attend the opening but did pass along best wishes and congratulations to the township.

“Providing places where children can play and be active is such a great way to nurture good health and a sense of anticipation and fun for small children,” said Oakes.