New Warman accessible playground to be built in 2019

Warman Recreation and Community Events Supervisor Coralie Bueckert (right) outlines three conceptual drawings for the new accessible playground planned for Prairie Oasis Park at the Warman Open House event recently

Children in wheelchairs will no longer be confined to the sidelines when it comes to playgrounds in Warman.
A fully-accessible playground is slated to be installed in Prairie Oasis Park by the summer of 2019.
The park will replace an existing wood-and-metal play structure, including swings and teeter-totter, that was built in the 1980s in the park’s southeast corner.
The old play equipment, which had been the target of vandalism in recent years, had seen better days, noted Warman Recreation and Community Services Manager Paul McGonigal.
Another metal play structure installed a few years ago in the same general area will remain.
McGonigal said the city has had a fully-accessible playground on its five-year capital projects list for several years, and its time has now arrived. But, he added, input from the public is needed to ensure it meets the community’s needs and expectations.
Three conceptual drawings of the proposed playground equipment were on display at the Warman Open House event in mid-May. The drawings were supplied by three different companies who are competing to win the contract. All feature a railroad train theme.
Having different features on display gives people a chance to comment on what they want included, said McGonigal.
“We want to make sure that when the proposal goes out for tender, that we get exactly what we’re looking for,” said McGonigal. “We want it to be 100 per cent accessible, right from the ground level to the top, so people with a physical disability have a place to play.
“It will incorporate the newest features, including a rubberized, soft floor surface that allows wheelchairs to roll over it without getting stuck, and has some give to it so when children fall on it they don’t get hurt.”
The train theme offers a convenient pathway so kids can move easily from one play feature to the next, said McGonigal.
McGonigal said a donation of about $13,000 was received towards the playground as a result of a recent Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) conference in Warman.
The city has tentatively allocated $280,000 from its capital budget for the project, which is slated to be completed in the summer of 2019.