Kids play where the (recycled) rubber meets the playground

Aidan Gavigan in the newly resurfaced Gathering Place playground. - Submitted
Aidan Gavigan in the newly resurfaced Gathering Place playground.
— image credit: Submitted

Children at the Gathering Place playground now have a clean and safe place to play.

Cheryl Jordan, Success By 6 Coordinator said; “Thanks to BC Tire Stewardship grant, MCFD, M’Akola Housing and supportive community members - the children who attend programs at the Gathering Place now have a wonderful playground. The funds from the grants allowed us to resurface the ground underneath the structure.”

The resurfaced playground material is made from recycled tire products. The rubber tiles are pliable, bouncy and safe. Previously the playground had a gravel surface. Debris and objects would sink beneath the gravel and were the cause of concerns around health and safety.

Anne Boyd, Chair of Community Council of Partners, Success by 6 applauded the new playground; “Children need safe, clean places to play and through the generosity of several funders this is now a reality at the Gathering Place”.

The Gathering Place  is a centre for children and families who live in the 300 Robron Road neighbourhood. Many community partners offer programming at the Gathering Place such as Strong Start by SD 72, an after school program supported by Campbell River Family Service, Parks and Rec and Literacy Now with the support of funding through the RBC afterschool grant.

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