“At one point, it was all sand. Over the years we have realized that sand is not really conducive to very good play under playground equipment. It really reduces long term maintenance costs, provides a consistent surface for kids to play on, it’s very bouncy.
The combined funding will also help cover new restrooms, a rally plaza, improved volleyball and racquetball courts, new walkways, and resurfacing of the lacrosse box and skateboard park.
The construction of these projects will begin in the fall, which will allow the use of amenities throughout the summer without interruption.
“These are things that are in the City’s budget for this year. All of these projects will begin in the fall and will hopefully be completed by the end of the year. We’re excited to have visitors and residents returning to the park post-pandemic, so we’re not going to start these things in the park when things are wildly busy.
Earlier this year, construction to improve the playground was completed thanks to a provincial tourism grant of $315,000.
A water park was completed on the site in 2018 as part of many improvements over the past few years.
According to Tardiff, according to older reports, the Ventureland playground averages 500,000 guests per year.
Jack Bagley Community Park in Nanoose Bay also recently benefited from this federal grant, securing $500,000 to complete its upgrades.
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