City of Fort St. John seeks input on new playground in Tot Park

BCITV
06/25/2018

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The city of Fort St. John hosted a “pop-up” city hall this afternoon and will host another one tomorrow to gather input on new playground equipment.

Three weeks ago the playground in the Tot Lot neighbourhood park on 76th street near the east bypass road was removed because of safety concerns.

This afternoon and tomorrow the city has set up a tent in the park to engage with residents to find out what they would like to see built into the playground.

It’s the first step of a process that hopes to get a new one installed by the end of summer.

“Now we want to get the park, new playground equipment purchased and installed as soon as we can. So this is the start of the process and as we go through it were hoping to, working backwards from a timeline, we’re hoping to get the new equipment installed in mid to late August,” said City Parks Manager Ray Avanthay

The city says the old wooden playground didn’t meet the city’s standards.

 “The wooden structure had some safety concerns with it, it has a metal slide, so it gets really hot in the sun. There was some spliNters and broken pieces we didn’t feel was safe and appropriate for the kids, the swing sets and another couple of features that were in this playground didn’t meet our current guidelines and safety requirements for Parks and Playgrounds,” said Avanthay.

City council has reallocated $100,000 dollars from this year capital budget to purchase and install new playground equipment.

Tomorrow “pop-up” city hall will take place in the park between 10 am and 2 pm.

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