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Fundraising started to make playground at Hillcrest Park more inclusive

Lisa Girard is one of ten members of a group in Cochrane who think the new play structures at Hillcrest Park are great, but only for kids between six and 12.  So they’re out to raise money to have some that are user-friendly for younger kids.

“For the ones that are 0-5,” says Girard, “it really can be actually a bit of a hazardous situation as they climb the equipment that’s not made for their age group.”

Fundraising is in full gear.  On June 22nd between 4:00 and 7:00pm, there’s a Last Day of School Party at the park.

Girard says no new equipment will be added this year, but the committee hopes to at least have a gazebo with six or eight picnic tables installed over the summer.

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The grandmother of a seven-year-old boy and a boy-girl set of twins who are two-and-a-half reiterates that the committee wants to  build on the great park that’s already there, making it user-friendly for everyone.

“Toddler-friendly, so 0-5, something with little tunnels and little sets of stairs, little slides that the kids can manipulate and go on.”

If you want to volunteer to help out, contact one of the committee members listed below.

  • Lisa Girard
  • Marielle Emond
  • Heather Brouwer
  • Erin Trusz
  • Jason Boyer
  • Susan Nelson
  • Carissa McLean
  • France Bouvier
  • Stephanie Roy.

Listen to our full interview with Lisa Girard right here.

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