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JumpStart for Joy: New Accessible Playground Coming This Summer

June 14, 2018

I'm thrilled to announce that later this summer a new state-of-the-art, universally accessible playground, worth $1 million, will become a reality for our community.

The Canadian Tire JumpStart Charities five-year, $50 million initiative to give Canadian children with disabilities greater access to sport and play has chosen the Pan Am Pool Grounds as one the five flagship locations across the country.

Thanks to this generous donation, JumpStart will be covering the costs of the design, build and installation of the playground. With the land provided by the City and $150,000 from the River Heights-Fort Garry Parks and Recreation Enhancement Fund to prepare the site for this wonderful gift, we are proud to be a partner in such an influential project.

The largest accessible playground in Winnipeg at 10,000 square feet, this new structure will feature the Rhapsody Collection, which includes a combination of drums and chimes as well as doublewide ramps for those using wheelchairs or pushing strollers.

This impressive gift will soon become a major anchor of the new Grant Park Recreation Campus Redevelopment project, along with the Bill and Helen Norrie Library and a modernized indoor arena.

Thank you to Canadian Tire JumpStart Charities for your generosity and ongoing commitment to children of all abilities across Canada — especially here in Winnipeg.