Ribbon cut on Access for All playground

By Sheldon Spackman
September 9, 2017 - 2:47pm Updated: September 11, 2017 - 8:53am

Dignitaries gathered at Mattie McCullough Elementary School in Red Deer on Saturday to cut the ribbon on the brand new Access for All Barrier-Free playground.

The event marked the completion of phase one of the project which began two years ago when students expressed concern that not all of their peers were able to use the school’s playground, namely those in wheelchairs.

That set the wheels in motion for all three Red Deer Rotary clubs and Rotaract Club of Red Deer to get involved and support the students in their fundraising efforts to help build a new barrier-free playground. Along the way, the Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, Rick Hansen Foundation and City of Red Deer all became partners, adding to the $300,000 raised through grants and donations for phase one.

Mattie McCullough Vice Principal Kim Kirkwood says construction of phase two will get underway shortly and cost about $200,000. That’s hoped to be complete for the fall of 2018.

In the meantime, the project has not only resulted in a great place to play for everyone in the community, but is now a proud symbol of Canadian values like inclusion, diversity, compassion and access for all.

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