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Thursday October 27th, 2011

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The Ford City community is looking to build an accessible all-ages park, that will be an accessible multi-generational park featuring a playground, senior friendly fitness components, and a gazebo and garden as a destination gathering place in the Ford City Neighbourhood.

The proposed play structure is intended for children aged one to twelve, and will be designed with features that are accommodating to persons with disabilities to comply with the Ontarians With Disabilities Act.  The park will feature a “SofSurface” rubber tile base with ground level access, which is easy for wheelchairs to roll on and eliminates the need for sand or gravel.  In addition, it will also feature an “Activ-Fit Elliptical Trainer” which encourages outdoor exercise and ongoing fitness for adults and seniors while they interact with youth at the playground.  To finish off the park as a place where both neighbourhood residents and community centre users can interact, the park will feature a gazebo, picnic benches, sitting stones and a small garden.

The new park will be centrally located on Drouillard Road adjacent to the Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex at 1168 Drouillard Road.  This location is on the same block as Drouillard Place on the East side of the road.

In order to build this amazing park, Ford City residents need your help.  They have applied to win a grant in the Aviva Community Fund.  Aviva created this competition to help make a positive impact in Canadian communities, whether that’s through providing new opportunities for at-risk youth, education, helping the environment, or cultural activities – by funding local and national initiatives for change.

At the start of October voting opened in round one of the Aviva Community Fund voting, and they have now advanced to round two.

If you want to help the residents of Ford City get their park, it’s simple.  Click here to vote.  Round two voting ends November 9th at 12 noon; you can vote once per day.

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