Victoria, BC– Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has adopted a 20 year Master Plan to prioritize infrastructure investments for Centennial Park. With site assessments and central drainage complete, and the washroom facility anticipated to be finished in a few weeks, planning can begin to replace the playground. This much needed replacement project was made possible thanks in part to a $100,000 donation from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club.
“The Salt Spring Lions Club has a history of providing the community with quality recreational facilities such as Portlock Park and the Lions Commemorative Bike Park,” said Gregg Dow, Chair of Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation, CRD. “PARC welcomes the opportunity to again partner with the Lions as we recognize play as a hugely significant part of any child’s development, and creating safe, interactive and stimulating environments for children to play in is so important.”
The most recent addition to the public playground was installed in 1995 with some components dating back to 1967 when the park opened. The slide recently had to be removed and the remaining playground components are at or near the end of their useful life and are not accessible for all users. The iconic rocking horse will be serviced and included in the new playground design for future generations to enjoy.
PARC is interested in receiving input on the playground design from parents, children, park users and other community members. Several consultation activities, including kid-friendly events, are planned over the next few months:
April – May 2019
Pop up in the Park
April 20, 2019 from 1-3pm
Centennial Park, 139 Fulford Ganges Rd.
Community Open House:
May 7, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm
Rainbow Road Aquatic Centre, 262 Rainbow Rd.
For more information and updates visit https://www.crd.bc.ca/ssi-upgrades
Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Dan Ovington, Manager
Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation