Greenstreet morphs into playstreet

By Geoff Lee

June 29, 2017 12:00 AM

YOU CAN GO BACK AGAIN The community breathed new life into a decrepit playground near Sandy Beach, much to the joy of the younger residents. Brianne Ludwig PHOTOS

Jenna Wells felt like a kid on a playground again.
The resident of the Hamlet of Greenstreet, Sask., 14-km east of Sandy Beach, spearheaded the rebuilding and grand opening of the Greenstreet Playground, where she used to play as a kid.
The grand opening was held on June 24, with her own two- and three-year-old kids among the hordes of youngsters clambering over the new equipment.
“Our old playground was literally falling apart,” Wells said.
“My dad built it when I was a kid 28 years ago.”
The new playground is not just a kids’ zone, but a community family gathering area that Wells likens to a post office, but way more exciting.
“There are people literally there all day,” she said, noting there were about 60 kids in town who put it to use.
“There’s probably 20 kids near school-age in town right now.
“After school, all the kids just get off the bus and run right over.”
Kids who attended the grand opening were treated to free hot dogs and toys, while supplies lasted.
Wells headed a four-person committee one year ago to raise $60,000 for new playground equipment, purchased from Blue Imp, based in Medicine Hat, Alta.
“It was all volunteer built,” said Wells, who noted the job was completed in the spring.
“They sent out one guy to show us how to build it, and then the community built it.”
The set includes swings, with a big play centre for kids to explore.
“They have slides and climbing walls on it and monkey bars—there’s an igloo shape structure they can climb on and hang on and that kind of stuff,” said Wells.
The funding for the new playground included a $20,000 donation from the RM of Britannia, and a $20,000 Community Initiative Fund grant from the Government of Saskatchewan.
“Synergy Credit Union and Lloydminster & District Co-op also gave us grants,” said Wells.
The grand opening ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with some added board games supplied on loan by the City of Lloydminster’s block party kit.
The mix of fun included some sack races and a tug of war.

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