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It was an honour to be a part of the team that made the building of the Dragonfly Splash Park a reality for our community.   The choice to build a Splash Park met many of our local priorities around promoting physical activity, creating safe outdoor play environments for young children and promoting the community as a whole as family-centred.  The splash park has become a wonderful, fun place and its play value has exceeded my expectations from the first day it opened.

 

Heather Adamson

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Talk and Tour Forsyth Park

JUNE 12th 2018
11:00am – 2:00pm

Forsyth ParkMICKELLA SJOQUIST
Talks Design and Principles

From 12:00-12:45 join Mickella Sjoquist, BCSLA intern with the City of Surrey as she presents the design principles and construction process for the TD Nature Play Area in Forsyth Park.

OBSERVE THE KIDS PLAY!
As a school field trip, students from two Surrey schools will play in the park from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Observing kids at play helps us learn how they interact with each other and their surroundings. We are better able to design playgrounds where kids want to play.

ENJOY A PICNIC IN THE PARK
You deserve a break! As Mickella talks park design enjoy a lunch on us, watch the kids play and chat with colleagues.

Transportation from the Skytrain is available. Contact us to arrange pickup.

10632 – 139th Street
Surrey, BC
V3T 4L7

Village hopes water park will help attract young families

After over three years of fundraising, bit-by-bit, the Village of Chase in B.C.’s Interior is finally getting a splash pad.

The new facility is an attempt by locals to attract more young people and families to the community at the western end of the Shuswap region.

Fundraising leader Beverly Iglesias says that’s needed so “the community continues to live and thrive.”Water Park in Chase

Chase doesn’t offer enough services and amenities for young people which becomes problematic for the seniors in the village, said Iglesias, adding she’s nearing senior-status.

“Who is going to take care of us?” she said.

The equipment is being manufactured by Kelowna’s own Waterplay Solutions and supplied by RecTec Industries.  Construction begins May 1st.

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Canadian Tire JUMPSTART ACCESSIBILITY GRANTS

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.  The Jumpstart Accessibility Grants are intended to support capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility to, and inclusivity in recreation facilities for children with disabilities in Canadian communities.  Funding is available to:

  • Municipalities and public recreation centres/facilities
  • Schools with publically accessible facilities
  • Community organizations with publicly accessible recreation facilities (e.g.: YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc)
  • Public recreation spaces owned and operated by private Foundations

There are 2 funding streams within the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants:

  1. Accessibility-Enabling Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants up to $50,000 for projects designed to help organizations enable general accessibility within their facilities. Where possible, applications should demonstrate evidence of matching funds or in-kind support from Federal/Provincial/Territorial and/or municipal governments. Up to 14 Accessibility-Enabling Grants will be awarded annually;
  2. Inclusive Design Innovation Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion & accessibility for children of different abilities. On an annual basis, jumpstart will award:
a. Up to four grants valued at $250,000
b. Up to two grants valued at $500,000
c. Two grants valued at $1,000,000
HOW TO APPLY
Eligible organizations must submit an application application online for funding by Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. Applicants must include details of user-group and/or community stakeholder consultations as well as letters of endorsement from user groups and/or community stakeholders.

A park or greenspace within a five-minute walk of all residents? What a brilliant idea.

Globe & Mail article talks about BC city parks updating to reflect changing lifestyles. The article features great information about how we are changing the way we design play and public spaces for all residents.

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

“More and more people today live in multifamily housing. More and more kids don’t have access to backyards. So, really, parks are becoming critical and essential to rediscovering the outdoors,” said Andre Isakov, the city’s park planning and design manager.

Natural playgrounds, soccer, cricket and pickleball are all finding their way into new play space designs.

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NEWS RELEASE: New General Manager for RecTec Industries

Robert Haraga Hired as General Manager of Western Canada’s Leading Playground Equipment Suppliers: RecTec Industries and Playworks/Parkworks.

Kelowna, British Columbia – Jill White, President of Kinderplay Designs announces the hiring of new General Manager, Robert (Rob) Haraga, to oversee operations for RecTec Industries and Playworks/Parkworks, effective immediately.

Rob comes to the playground industry after a successful 30 year career in management at Canada’s retail giants Sears, Wal-Mart and XS Cargo.  In his new role, Rob will leverage his extensive background working in multi-billion dollar, publicly-traded companies to execute a business strategy for growth across Western Canada. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of both agencies, Rob will lead, coach and supervise staff to ensure ongoing quality performance and service.  “Rob has terrific interpersonal skills coupled with a process driven, numbers focused, positive mindset. I am extremely excited to have Rob as part of our team” said President Jill White.

As a resident of Edmonton, Alberta, Rob will be dividing his time between Edmonton with Playworks/Parkworks staff and Delta, British Columbia with the RecTec team.  Susan Crawford will remain RecTec’s manager and will work closely with Rob as she transitions out of the industry and into new entrepreneurial endeavours. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from one of BC’s industry leaders”, says Rob, “Susan has been in the industry for over 30 years and has a lot of valuable knowledge to share.”  You can connect with Rob on Linkedin, through email rob@playworks.ca or by phone 1.800.667.4264.

ABOUT RecTec Industries & Playworks/Parkworks

As divisions of Kinderplay Designs, RecTec Industries and Playworks/Parkworks have been offering innovative play and public space solutions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for over 30 years.  Their motto “Children Come First” inspires their playground designs and influences the products they offer.  Quality standards and innovation are values shared by both companies. To learn more, please visit our websites: RecTec Industries www.rectecindustries.com and Playworks/Parkworks www.playworks.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Jill White, President

Kinderplay Designs

250.712.3393 ext. 102