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Town opens first fully-accessible playgrounds

Children of all abilities have two new safe and inclusive places to play at Memorial Park, Stouffville’s largest park.

The new parks feature accessible pathways and routes to and through the play spaces; diverse ground-level play components along an accessible route; and partially-ramped structures so users with mobility challenges can access elevated play components.

The cost of construction and installation of the playgrounds was covered by a $560,000 investment through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). It delivers programs and services to support innovation and economic growth in southern Ontario.

“I am so pleased to see this investment come to life in two new and exciting spaces for our community to enjoy,” says Markham-Stouffville MP Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “These new, accessible playgrounds are helping ensure that all children can experience the benefits of play and community.”

The playgrounds also feature play elements with lower-profile accessible stairs so users with limited mobility can access elevated play components; handrails and other mobility aids; surfacing made of engineered wood fibre that ensures easy access and mobility; and sensory elements, including sensory play panels.

“Council is thrilled to be able to offer these new playgrounds to our community,” Mayor Iain Lovatt says. “We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to play and explore. This playground is designed to create a safe and inclusive space where all children can have fun and build lifelong memories. We are so grateful for the support of our federal government to allow us to bring this to our residents.”

The playgrounds are located at Memorial Park on the south side of Burkholder Street. Learn more at townofws.ca.

Photo of the May 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the new fully accessible Memorial Park playground courtesy of the Town of Stouffville.

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