NIPAWIN — Nipawin council voted to fund their share of new playground equipment for the Pinedale Park Playground in partnership with the Nipawin Kinettes and Kinsmen.
The Town of Nipawin is putting forward $10,000 plus taxes of the cost, while the Nipawin Kinettes and Kinsmen are covering the rest of the cost which amounts to about $60,000. The total cost of the project is approximately $70,000 plus taxes.
For the initiative, nine bids were received. Each bidder gave a design of a themed playground, as well as a traditional playground design. The design chosen by the three partners was a traditional playground submitted by Playgrounds-R-Us.
“It’s an enhancement of the equipment that we have and it combines with CSA (Canadian Standards Association) playground safety requirements — it’s just modernization of earlier equipment,” said Barry Elliott, Nipawin’s administrator.
“Certainly it’s a joint effort with a couple of community groups and we always encourage that and appreciate that. They’re doing it because they want to provide the most current, and up-to-date and user friendly equipment that’s possible, and also have a really nice aesthetic appeal to it.”
Elliott said he felt the chosen design hit the mark on all of the above goals.
The equipment is expected to be implemented in spring of 2020.
Elliott said that conversations will be held in early 2020 about a second phase which includes the possibility of adding a zip line.
“You’ll actually see in the overhead sketch they put in an area to accommodate that when it happens.”