Audrey Mycroft tries out the playground equipment at the Royal Bay Beachpark in Colwood. The seaside park

Beachpark playground all systems go at Royal Bay

Fully wheelchair-friendly park now open seven days a week

If your son or daughter appreciates a good view and a crisp ocean breeze when playing on a playground, look no further than the Beachpark at Royal Bay in Colwood.

A little over two months after the development and City held a soft opening celebration, crews have put the finishing touches on the ocean-side park, complete with a children’s playground and some extra sand for castle building and sun tanning, once the weather improves.

“As a company, we’re so happy with the progress we made on the Beachpark this year,” said Cortney Fraser, Royal Bay’s manager of marketing and communications.

Fraser added her thanks to Colwood council, who suggested the park should be accessible for those with mobility issues.

With that in mind, a road has been constructed that can take individuals right down to the waterfront where handicapped parking stalls await.

This road can also be used by paddlers who wish to drop off their boats rather than carry them down to the beach.

“We have this awesome, inclusive park that I think is only going to get busier now that the playground is complete,” Fraser said.

The playground fits in well with the surrounding environment, having been constructed using wood rather than plastic or metal. That impressive level of detail wasn’t done by accident.

“We carefully chose elements that would blend well with the natural surroundings,” Fraser noted.

The Beachpark, which had been open on weekends only, will now be open seven days a week moving forward. Royal Bay officials have big plans for the park starting next spring, including standup paddleboard rentals and regular food truck, group workout and yoga sessions, although many of those details are still being ironed out.

Stay tuned to royalbay.ca/beachpark for ongoing updates.

joel.tansey@goldstreamgazette.com

 

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