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Didsbury playground a community effort

Project's construction started June 24
playground a community effort
Volunteers work at playground site. File photo

DIDSBURY – Residents, local businesses and other stakeholders have come together to finance and build a new playground in the Valarosa neighbourhood.

Volunteers recently got together to construct the public playground after years of fundraising and planning.

Ben McPhee is one of the project organizers and a Didsbury resident.

“We’ve got the Valarosa Parks Association, a group of five of us that have organized and fundraised for this,” McPhee said at the site. “The total cost is about $150,000.”

The playground includes swings, spring toys, a spinner, and a dedicated area for younger kids. It is located near the picturesque Rosebud Creek on the town’s northside.

“We really wanted it to be an all-ages kids playground. If you wanted to come here with a toddler or come here with your 12-year-old, anyone could come and play.”

Fundraising has been underway for three years, he said.

“It’s a new neighbourhood and it needed a playground,” he said, noting there are lots of young kids in the neighbourhood.

Mayor Rhonda Hunter came out to help with construction. She called the project a great example of community spirit at work.

“It’s pretty cool to see this in the community,” said Hunter.

Many local and area companies donated and otherwise contributed to the project.