Kinettes preparing for playground installation

The parts are ready to get kids on a new playground, all that is needed are volunteers to make it happen.

The parts are ready to get kids on a new playground, all that is needed are volunteers to make it happen.

The Ponoka Kinette Club is readying for the big weekend that will see the installation of the new playground at Centennial Park. Dates of installation are set for May 25 to 28 and club president Lindsey Kaupp is excited about the build-up.

The club researched several playgrounds around central Alberta and spoke directly with kids to find out what they enjoyed the most.

“There are two resounding themes: more climbing structures and grounders,” said Kaupp.

Grounders is a playground game most kids are familiar with that involves not getting caught on the ground.

The park is designed with several fun amenities including dual racing gliders. It is also designed to be strong and lasting for the long term with metal components and slides.

To prevent excess heat, the slides are located away from the direct sunlight.

Other aspects of the park include swings and smaller pieces for the younger kids as well as a way for parents to easily walk on parts of the playground.

The overall goal of the playground committee, comprised of Leanne Reed, Theresa Johnston and Kaupp and Barry Neath of the Lions Club, is to improve health and wellness and, “to run, jump, slide and spin.”

The club hopes to promote physical activity and she feels the playground being next to the splashpark will do just that.

Planners are looking for 35 to 40 volunteers to join the completion of various tasks for building the playground. To find out more, contact Kaupp at 403-963-8154.

Kinettes on the lookout for community projects

The Kinettes want to find more ways to benefit the community and they will be putting in funds for it.

The group is putting out an open call to find out what is most needed, explained member Amanda Hamilton. Their mandate is “Servicing the community’s greatest need.”

Both long-term and short-term projects are to be considered for funding and those who submit ideas will be able to speak with the Kinettes about their plan.

“We would love to have them come in an speak to it,” said Kaupp.

The Kinettes have sponsored many local programs including the splash park and purchases of new equipment at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre and for the community Christmas and the local school lunch programs.

Contact Kaupp for ways to meet with the club.