Partnership with Rotary yields new playground in Colwood

Playground is accessible for those with disabilities

The Rotary Picnic Playground is now open to the public.

Years of work by West Shore Parks and Recreation and the Colwood Rotary Club has resulted in the completion of a $244,000 facility, featuring some of the latest in inclusive children’s playground equipment.

“Playgrounds are important to children; it helps their development,” said Colwood Rotary vice-president Mike Wedakind, noting that creating a protective environment is critical. “And most playgrounds are not designed for anyone with a disability.”

The 7,800-square-foot playground features double-disc swings, five smaller playground toys with a seesaw and spinning features and a pathway to the picnic shelter, as well as accessible equipment for people of all ages and abilities.

Born from an idea brought forward at a Colwood Rotary meeting, the project was four years in the making.

Wedakind, an eight-year member of Rotary, said the proof of its need in the community has already been shown by its nearly constant use.

“It’s about service to the community and the world.”

The opening and ribbon cutting for the playground happens May 7 starting at 10 a.m. at the picnic shelter near the baseball fields behind the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.