Castlegar city council has voted to award a contract to Kelowna’s Parkworks Solutions Corp. to supply a castle play structure for Millennium Park.
The $827,000 contract is part of the larger Millennium Park Phase 3 project. The project includes the large wooden play structure, safety surfacing for the play area and a natural interpretive trail with benches and other amenities in a forested area of the park.
At 12 metres tall, the structure will be the tallest castle play structure in Canada.
The city has received $1.2 million from the Communities, Culture and Recreation stream of the Canada Infrastructure Program for the project. The city will pay for the remaining $686,000 of the $1.866 million budget. The money from the federal grant is not transferable, and can only be used for this specific project.
Since the play structure is expected to take eight months to build, it is the first contract to be awarded for the project.
A final location for the new playground has yet to be determined as the city is waiting on the outcome of an ongoing archaeological assessment, Indigenous consultation feedback and a park amenity location study.
Once those are complete, staff will present a location recommendation to council before proceeding with detailed design of the site and pathway.
Council and staff also discussed the limitations of the structure in relation to accessibility options.
While there are several play features at ground level that would be accessible to those with physical limitations, the upper levels are inherently not suitable.
Staff and council agreed to explore options for potentially adding some other accessible play features to the playground area.