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Centennial Park Project Update - Playground Equipment and Healing Garden

By City Staff

The Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland has provided a generous donation of $150,000 to equip Centennial Park with new playground equipment and a healing garden.

“With input from the Parks and Recreation Department and the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee, our consultant Golder Associates, and our general contract company Bre-Ex Construction, developed a playground and garden design that incorporates features for users with disabilities,” explains Joe Boothe, Superintendent, Environmental Services.

Members of the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee provided input into the design and concept of park amenities to integrate state-of-the-art assets and ideas that will help improve use of the park for users with disabilities.

The new playground equipment is shaped like a boat, representative of the harbor/Sarnia Bay.  It is aimed at children ages 18 months to 12 years and can accommodate approximately 60 children. The equipment is AODA compliant and integrates features such as sensory panels for children with intellectual disabilities and a wheelchair accessible gliding ship.

The healing garden was designed to provide an accessible experience for all users which stimulates a variety of senses. The visual healing aspect of nature and gardens can improve emotional and mental well-being.

“The healing garden provides a multi-sensory experience for all users. The design includes 3 raised planting beds to allow users with mobility disabilities, such as wheelchairs, to easily access the garden beds to allow for interaction with the plants and soil,” explains Rob Harwood, Director, Parks and Recreation.

The layout of the garden represents the water by incorporating ‘waves’ of planting and pedestrian flow and provides views of Sarnia Bay and the St. Clair River.

“We are excited about the prospect of being part of beautification of the waterfront. The playground is a focal point for kids and families and the healing garden is the first of its kind in Sarnia; both are accessible and available to all members of the public. To have everyone be able to access these two features is really important to our Rotary Club,” explains Henry Kulik, President-Elect for Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland and Chair of the Centennial Park Committee.

“The Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland is pleased to partner with City Staff and the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee to make these two projects come to life,” states Kulik.

The City of Sarnia would like to thank the Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterland for its generous donation. 

This article was posted Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:27 PM

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