Canyon Swartz (left) and Grayson Gilchrist test out the new playground next to the Dogwood Gym Thursday at the Greater Vernon Recreation Centre.

Canyon Swartz (left) and Grayson Gilchrist test out the new playground next to the Dogwood Gym Thursday at the Greater Vernon Recreation Centre.

New playground opens at Vernon Recreation Complex

The playground has provided a safe and accessible outdoor space for kids to play.

It was a monkey-style celebration Thursday as preschoolers swung from the bars of the new playground at the Vernon Recreation Complex

The playground has provided a safe and accessible outdoor space for kids to play.

“It is great to have an outdoor space like this for children to enjoy, and this is the result of a collective effort,” said MLA Eric Foster.

Involved in the initiative were the Regional District of North Okanagan, the Ministry of Community Development, Kal Tire and Tire Stewardship B.C.

As part of its 60th anniversary, Kal Tire awarded RDNO with funding for the recycled rubber surface for the playground.

“It was a great way to show our thanks for the 60 years of community support,” said Tracy Cobb, Kal Tire’s director of communication.

The playground is open to the public, and is located between the recreation complex and the Vernon Curling Club.

“It is this type of community collaboration that allows great projects like this to happen, and the benefits are very evident,” said Patrick Nicol, RDNO chairperson.