Spallumcheen kids to benefit from project

Construction on playground at McLeod Subdivision in Spallumcheen to begin in fall

An Armstrong company will build Spallumcheen’s new playground.

Spallumcheen council voted unanimously to accept the bid proposal from Su Casa Sustainable Landscaping, and enter a contract to complete the McLeod Subdivision playground and landscape project.

The contract is not to exceed $135,580.

“Su Casa gave us several different options and choices, and the $135,580 total is a worst-case scenario. There still might be a chance to reduce the costs,” said Spallumcheen public works manager Ed Forslund.

Council authorized staff in April to proceed with planning for replacing antiquated and dilapidated playground equipment in the township’s heaviest populated subdivision.

Spallumcheen was successful in getting $128,000 towards the project from a community recreation program grant.

It also received a $30,000 grant from the Tire Stewardship of B.C. which Forslund asked council to put towards installing a recycled rubber safety area around the new playground equipment.

“The rubber is expensive but down the road it saves money for maintenance,” said Forslund. “If there’s a mess, just take a hose and wash it off or blow it off with a blower. With wood chips or gravel, it’s higher maintenance.”

The township will match the tire stewardship grant from reserves.

Work on the new playground is slated to begin in the fall.