Ava Fredrickson tries out one of the musical games at the Nechako Elementary’s new inclusive playground. SEE STORY ON PAGE A2 Photo Gerry Leibel

It’s a first for Kitimat – an all-inclusive playground

“We soon realized that just adding one piece of equipment was not enough”

Nechako Elementary is the first school in Kitimat to have a fully inclusive and accessible play space.

The Nechako Accessible Playground was officially opened on Friday, September 7, the ceremony attended by District of Kitimat councillors and representatives from LNG Canada, one of the project’s major sponsors.

“This project first started two years ago when we received a request to add something wheelchair friendly to our playground. We soon realized that just adding one piece of equipment was not enough and that the playground would require many additions and the ground surface would need a change,” said Parent Advisory Council (PAC) chair Erika Loucks.

She said that without the support of families, students and staff at Nechako the project would not have been successful.

She also thanked the project’s sponsors, those who donated equipment and material and especially those who donated their time and services.

“Finally I would like to thank my fellow PAC members. This project never would have happened without all your hard work and dedication,” added Loucks.

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