It’s been quite the year for Minnedosa Beach, which became that much more of a stop for locals and visitors alike with the addition of Splish Splash Waterpark among other upgrades.
Now yesterday the crew behind the Minnedosa Beach Enhancement Committee announced that they had reached their fundraising goal and are proceeding with the setup of a brand new $200,000 play structure in the coming weeks.
The new playground makes use in-majority of components that are rated at ages 6-12, though there is a separate structure for younger kids rated at ages 2-5. Whereas the old playground was setup on a pea gravel surface, the new one will make use of wood fibre as its base.
With every day of play counting before the snow flies, no time has been wasted in preparing for installation. In anticipation of this week’s announcement the previous old-school wooden playground was removed earlier this month by a volunteer, clearing the way for the new structure’s setup at the same site.
A rendering from the vendor of the new playground
A spokesperson for the committee, a group comprised of seven local moms, tells me than the goal is for all to be in place before the first snowfall weather-permitting.
The upcoming installation will be the realization of a five year fundraising endeavour by the Beach Enhancement Committee that included a wide array of corporate and personal donations from within the community. Efforts were supported by many events including the Skate the Lake social, Halloween social and a Touch a Truck event. By the time all was said and done the $200,000 goal was exceeded, which a spokesperson for the committee tells me will be used toward an additional future project at the beach.
It’s believed the previous structure was approximately three decades old.
This past summer the beach area also saw the Town make improvements to the pavilion area as well as the addition of rebuilt beach volleyball courts and upgraded basketball courts courtesy Tourism Minnedosa.
Photos: Burke Playgrounds
Updated: Sept 17, 4:05pm. Added info on other area improvements over the summer