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August 30, 2019, 10:03 am

Prince George Halfway Through Multi-Year Playground Replacement Program

City of Prince George
PRINCE GEORGE - “This is the best day of my life,” 7-year old Brinley Gurney said when City crews completed the installation of a new playground at Hammond Park and opened it to neighbourhood children. More than a year ago, Brinley had seen that the Hammond Park playground was identified for replacement by the City, prompting a visit to the Mayor’s Office and subsequently the City Parks division to help identify what features the new playground should have.

“Brinley went around to a few of our new City playgrounds and selected features that she liked the best,” says Parks supervisor Chris Bjorn. “The new Hammond Park playground truly is a reflection of what she wanted to see and I’m sure the neighbourhood children will agree that she made some excellent choices!”

The 2017 City Park Strategy included a priority to pursue a playground replacement program that included removing twenty old playgrounds and making annual investments to insure that the remaining playgrounds are safe and maintained to a high-quality. Since 2017, a dozen playgrounds in City parks have been replaced. Another dozen are planned to be replaced in the years ahead. The annual budget for the program is $250,000 pending annual approval by Council.

“When we think of infrastructure, we often think of roads, facilities, or pipes but infrastructure associated with our parks and playgrounds is also critically important to residents and enhancing our quality of life,” says Mayor Lyn Hall. “On behalf of Council, thank you to the Parks staff for making these great enhancements to neighbourhood parks and thank you to the children, like Brinley, who take an interest in our work. We hope you like the results!”

More information about City playgrounds and the replacement program is available on the City website: www.princegeorge.ca/parks


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