The new playground at Maffeo Sutton Park is now open. (News Bulletin photo)

New playground now open at Maffeo Sutton Park

Surfaces meant to make playground more accessible

The city’s downtown waterfront park has a brand-new playground open for play time.

The City of Nanaimo announced Monday that Maffeo Sutton Park’s new accessible playground is now open.

The playground includes “safety surfacing” made out of recycled tires, noted a press release, and wood fibre replaces the pea gravel. The playground also incorporates First Nations art pieces created by local artist Noel Brown and inspired by the nearby Millstone River.

The project was a partnership between the city, the Nanaimo Child Development Centre, the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, Tire Stewardship of B.C. and others.

“The benefits of this development will impact people of all ages and add to the richness of the fabric of social life in Nanaimo,” said Dominic Rockall, executive director of the child development centre, in the release. “We want to express our appreciation and gratitude to everyone who was and is part of this initiative to create accessibility, celebrate inclusion and build our community.”

A second phase of the project, planned for 2023, will add additional play equipment including accessible “musical and audible play, sensory panels [and] quiet play spaces” as well as additional landscaping.

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