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Town gets advice from youth on accessible playgrounds for Sunset park project

The town met with youth in Grades 8-12 through the Children's Treatment Network to learn more about the barriers they faced as children playing on park equipment
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On Aug. 21, 2019, The Town of Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department met with the Children’s Treatment Network at the Collingwood Public Library to engage with youth on the design of a new playground facility at Sunset Point Park.

The Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) supports children and youth with special needs, in their homes, communities, and schools.

In an effort to give voice to the kids and families supported by the Children’s Treatment Network and prioritize their opinions on this playground project, Town Staff met with youth in grades 8 to 12, to discuss creating a safe, inclusive, accessible area for play.

A great discussion was had on the seven key forms of play (active, artistic, creative, sensory, games, social, and reflective) and ideas for play space features at the new Sunset Point Park Playground. This youth consultation opportunity builds from an earlier session held with CTN families and staff in late June.

This feedback, along with feedback from our March survey, June Youth Engagement Sessions, and August Family Engagement Sessions, will help guide the design work for the next edition of the Sunset Point Playground.

This playground re-design will serve to revitalize the park environment, supporting healthy development for children across the community.

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