Neighbourhood kids join Smithers Mayor Cress Farrow in cutting the ribbon to Turner Way Playground. Standing behind the ribbon cutters are

New playground on Turney Way

Kids, builders and the mayor of Smithers recently cut the ribbon for a new playground on Turner Way.

Kids, builders and the mayor of Smithers recently cut the ribbon for a new playground on Turner Way.

Equipped with a full basketball court, play structure and a water tap to make ice rinks, the new playground is a hit with parents and kids alike.

“The kids are playing together more, and it gets them off the street,”  said local parent Birgit Laskowski. “I really like that—it’s way safer this way.”

Shaelyn Radu, one of the children who lives by the new playground, said it’s a perfect place to play “grounders.”

“It’s a game where when someone’s ‘it’ they close their eyes and count one to ten and goes up,” Radu said. When they shout “grounders!” whoever hasn’t scrambled onto the monkey bars or slide or platform is also it.

Recreation director Andrew Hillaby said  Shaelyn and others had a direct role in how the new playground would look.

“The kids picked the design and debated the colours,” he said, adding that the play structure’s original brown deck wouldn’t do.

“They wanted a blue deck, so they got a blue deck,” he said. Local parents also chose swings for both preschoolers and older kids on the swing set.

Smithers Mayor Cress Farrow thanked the several local companies and community groups who helped make the park happen, including LB Paving, the B.V. Kinsmen, Smithers Lumber and the Wetzinkwa Community Forest.

“This is truly a hallmark project for the Town,” Farrow said. The town committed a total of $35,000 to fund the playground, which went from a proposal to a finished project within a year.

Just Posted

No parole for 12 years for Burns Lake man convicted of second degree murder

Judge said he did not believe Albert Giesbrecht’s claim his gun discharged accidentally

Snowfall warning continues for parts of B.C.’s Interior

First significant snowfall of the season prompts Environment Canada warning

Coastal GasLink receives first delivery of pipe sections

Company expects to begin welding and pipe laying in 2020

Northwest B.C. physician receives Medal of Good Citizenship Award

Dr. Peter Newbery was one of 18 people in B.C. to get provincial recognition

Northern Society for Domestic Peace remembers women killed in Montreal Massacre 30 years ago

Society will hand out 14 red roses, one for each of the victims, to women who stop by office today

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Terrace SAR headquarters in last stretch of fundraising

$400,000 dollars needed to finish $1.4 million project

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Most Read