The city is pursuing further steps for an accessible playground in Wakamow Valley.
During Monday's regular council meeting, council voted unanimously in favour of authorizing city administration to submit an application for funding from the Community Vitality Program for an accessible playground in Wakamow from a report from Jody Hauta, the director of parks and recreation.
Council also voted for $50,000 of the $51,890 budgeted in PR59 Special Needs Upgrades in 2012 and 2013 to be used as the city’s contribution to the project.
Council agreed to the terms and conditions of the Community Vitality Program. The program, a sector of the Community Initiatives Fun (CIF) established by the provincial government, is designed to respond to community needs. It provides project grants to initiatives that build sustainable communities and improve the quality of life.
Hauta’s report to council stated that from 2012-2016, $134,695 in funding has been budgeted in PR59 Special Needs Upgrades of the Five Year Capital Plan. Mayor Glenn Hagel said during the budget deliberation time, the city allocated $26,900 per year with the objective of increasing playground accessibility.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.