Stettler’s new playground at the West Stettler Park has been in operation since its inauguration Monday, Oct. 26.
One of Stettler Kinette Club’s major projects this year, the facility was successfully funded and completed with the help of the community and volunteers.
“Once the playground equipment was delivered we had to unpack it and start putting it together, but as there were lots and lots of projects of all sizes that we needed to build, there was always something for every volunteer to help with, said Allison Baird, social director of the Kinette Club of Stettler. “We started by digging 108 holes for the base structure, put all the individual pieces together around the project and then we stood everything up in the holes and spent an entire day just screwing it together.”
On the final day of the installation, they had to concrete each of the holes.
A couple of weeks later the Kinette Club had a company come in and pour in a five-inch thick base of recycled tire.
“We are extremely happy by how this has turned out, and though there are some pathways and landscaping that is still required to be finished, it can be done by the time spring comes to give the surround site a much cleaner look,” said Baird. “Our Kinette Club is very pleased that we were able to get this project completed before the snow comes, and we worked extremely hard within our club and our community to raise the funds needed in just a little over a year.”
Speaking highly of the community and the volunteers who have contributed their time and efforts to make this a reality, Baird said, “Stettler and area always has the greatest volunteers. You can usually always count on businesses and or individuals to lend a hand through either a donation of money or a donation of labour to help reach a goal, and we were extremely lucky as we had so many people that wanted to help.”
Some local businesses had even donated some of their employees to help with the building during the process.
“We’ve heard lots and lots of very positive things regarding the new playground, especially because the playground is designed for ages zero and 12, making it accessible to different age groups,” said Baird. “The biggest response is how excited members in the community are that there will be a place for the kids to play while social events or fitness events are happening at the park.
An official grand opening and barbecue is scheduled in the spring.
“Our club is also working on a permanent sign for the playground, named KIN Park, a great reminder of the awesome community businesses and individuals that helped us reach our goal,” added Baird.