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Playground for all abilities opens at Kelowna’s Strathcona Beach Park

Grant to KGH Foundation helped fund new play structure
City of Kelowna officials, KGH Foundation staff and Kiwanis committee members explore the new play structure at Strathcona Beach Park. (City of Kelowna/Submitted)

There’s a new way for kids to be kids at Strathcona Beach Park beside Kelowna General Hospital.

A new play structure is now officially open, with features that allow those of all abilities to be active and independent.

“We know play supports kids’ wellbeing by boosting happiness, inspiring creativity, and strengthening social connections,” said Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas. “The city is pleased to have a new, safe and inclusive space that welcomes everyone who visits this popular park.”

The playground includes rubber surfacing, a colour palette to support those with vision impairment, and barrier-free access to the different features.

The park’s proximity to KGH played a major factor in the development of the playground, with a $150,000 grant awarded to the KGH Foundation Kiwanis Legacy Fund going directly into the construction.

“The KGH Foundation Kiwanis Legacy Endowment Fund has a mission to help children and youth by providing funding for projects that enhance their health and well-being,” said Kiwanis Legacy Fund Committee Chair Wendy Falkowski. “Supporting the city in creating spaces in our community that enable play for kids of all ages and abilities fully aligns with this vision.”

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Jake Courtepatte

About the Author: Jake Courtepatte

Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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