The new playground in Ponoka’s Co-op subdivision was finished Aug. 17 with a lot of help from the community, both businesses and volunteers. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Playground a community effort

New playground for Ponoka neighourhood constructed due to great volunteers

Kids living in a northern portion of Ponoka now won’t have to risk crossing the highway to hit the playground.

A host of volunteer workers along with a contractor erected a new playground in the Co-op subdivision last week, after nearly a one year delay.

“The playground was fully operational Aug. 17 after the contractor finished the installation of the final two pieces,” said Wes Amendt, Ponoka’s directory of community services.

He added a sincere thank you for the help goes out to the number of volunteers that came out for the build, including seven students from McBride Career Group and to Gemini Corporation for its contribution.

“Gemini was instrumental in this job getting done, as they supplied six employees for three days — paying their wages during that time — to help us install the equipment and spreading the pea gravel,” Amendt stated.

In total, the Gemini employees spent 19 hours each on the build.

The old playground equipment was removed last fall and the site prepared for the new equipment, but the job was postponed due to issues with a previous contractor.

Amendt added that any funds leftover from this build will now be put toward a second playground build slated for Westview Park in Riverside. However, that project will have to wait until at least next spring.

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