Thousands more collected for Access for All Barrier-Free Playscape in Red Deer

By Sheldon Spackman
March 8, 2018 - 5:44pm Updated: March 9, 2018 - 8:47am

An organization spearheading the construction of Red Deer’s first ever barrier-free playground is making significant strides towards finishing the second phase of the project.

Officials with Access For All Barrier-Free Playscape have announced $23,000 was raised during their Paint Party fundraising event held last Saturday, March 3 in Red Deer.

It follows the first annual Valentine's Maquerade Ball held at the Black Knight Inn last month and hosted by the Make A Move with Jagger Foundation which is supporting the same cause. That event helped raise $10,000 to go towards Phase 2.

The project is at Mattie McCullough Elementary School in Red Deer and saw Phase 1 open last summer in 2017. That entailed the new playground having ramps, a rocking device, ladders, a rotating flower, slides, swings, a balance beam and places to roll, run and climb.

Officials say Phase 2 will include the build-out of the all-inclusive playscape, with hopes of its completion in the fall of 2018.

The Access For All Barrier-Free Playscape is a three-year project totaling $500,000. In February, Access For All spokesperson Ray Kmetiuk said roughly $425,000 had been raised for the project since the initiative began in 2016. These recent fundraising totals would now bring that total to roughly $458,000.

Upcoming project fundraisers include the Make A Move with Jagger Foundation’s second annual Carnival at Mattie McCullough Elementary School. It takes place Saturday, June 23.

For more information on the Make A Move with Jagger Foundation, visit their website here or Facebook Page here.

For more information on the project itself and Access For All Barrier-Free Playscapes, visit their website here or Facebook Page here.

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