In partnership with the City of Charlottetown, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced it will build a universally accessible playground in Victoria Park under Jumpstart’s Inclusive Playground Project initiative. At 9,000 square feet, the accessible playground is the first of several to be built across Canada with the help of Jumpstart funding, and will be among the largest universally accessible playgrounds in Prince Edward Island. This playground will set a new standard for inclusive play through its imaginative and accessible spaces where children of all abilities can enjoy sport and play together.
The playground announcement follows Canadian Tire Corporation’s unprecedented $50 million fundraising commitment over five years in support of Jumpstart Charities’ ‘Play Finds A Way’ movement which focuses on removing accessibility barriers to sport and play. The playground structure will be a gift from Jumpstart to the City of Charlottetown.
Victoria Park is Charlottetown’s most visited park, and the playground will sit next to an accessible pool with accessible amenities close to transit. The groundbreaking is scheduled for June 2018 with an anticipated opening date of August 2018. A sample 3D rendering of the playground can be viewed here<https://vimeo.com/263916598/819f79c600>.