Anyone driving by Centennial Park may have noticed the playground has been removed but have no fear, a bigger, better playground is in the works for next spring.
The Ponoka Kinettes have joined forces with the Ponoka Lions Club to construct this new playground and the two groups were recently awarded a Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) grant. With money raised, including support from the town and county of Ponoka, the group plans to build the playground May 25 to 28 in 2016, says Kinette Leanne Reed.
In an effort to save money on installation, the groups are seeking support from residents to help out during those days, she explained. By having volunteer help — something the Kinettes have always done when it comes to playground construction — organizers will be able to save money and add further amenities to the splash park. “We’ve always done community builds,” Reed said.
She added that the groups are working closely with companies that deal with gravel and cement to help reduce the overall cost of construction. Doing that will help them build small shelters for families at the splash park during the hot summer months.
The new playground, designed by Blue Imp, has newer features including two zip lines, several slides, a wheelchair accessible ramp on the playground and swings.
“It’s going to have a lot of use,” stated Reed.
Anyone wishing to make further donations or get involved should call Reed at 403-597-1110. She estimates 30 to 40 volunteers will be needed.