Jubilee Park Natural Playground Project

Organization Sponsor: Bridgetown, Town

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Program Description

A Natural Playground has been created in Bridgetown’s Jubilee Park. A natural playground is one that uses elements that you could find in nature – logs, boulders, hills, sand, stumps – put together to create a unique play area for children. The idea behind the Jubilee Park playground is that of a dry stream bed which winds around an island (the hill), through the trees, and empties into a large sand area.

Kids of all ages can enjoy the hill slide, the teeter-totters made from logs, the stepping poles and more.Jubilee Park also boasts a bandstand, full washrooms, kayak rentals, and the Bridgetown Visitor Information Center. Kayak Group Outings: Join local kayakers Thursday evenings (weather permitting) for a river excursion. Bring your own kayak or rent one.

Program Approximate Cost: 

free

Funding Sources: 

This park was built by community volunteers and donated supplies and equipment.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Maintenance and development is being done by the Bridgetown Recreation Department.

Impact Of Program: 

The Jubilee Park Natural Playground is proof that an innovative idea and design can become an amazing reality. This natural playground went from being an idea to an official grand opening in less than two months, which alone is an incredible accomplishment. However, the real accomplishment is the incredible play space that has been created. Its natural design fits well and gives children of all ages a fun, safe place to be imaginative and active. It has already become a focal point of the community.

Evaluation Tools: 

the park was honoured by Recreation Nova Scotia as the recipient of the Bluenose Achievement Award. The award is presented to volunteers or community organizations to recognize outstanding achievements in the improvement of recreation/leisure opportunities.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The Jubilee Park Natural Playground Project was just an idea sketched out on a scrap of paper less than two months ago. The group behind the project, led by Lauren Soloy, Ambre Reid and Monica Lloyd, were able to pull together volunteer labour and donated materials and equipment to create a truly wonderful community space that is already being enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Kids of all ages can enjoy the hill slide, the teeter-totters made from logs, the stepping poles and more.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Coordination of the community volunteers, donations of labor and equipment. The project was completed in 2 months.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The Grand Opening took place on Saturday, September 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am and there were plenty of families on hand to enjoy it. Kids of all ages enjoyed the hill slide, the teeter-totters made from logs, the stepping poles and more.

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