A touch of magic com­ing to Glace Bay

New play­ground had Dis­ney World de­sign

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay / New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONTGOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about the play­ground equip­ment des­tined for the South Street Ball Field in Glace Bay.

“We found out this en­tire play­ground had been de­signed for Dis­ney,” said Char­lene Brad­bury, sec­re­tary of the Glace Bay Com­mu­nity Com­mons So­ci­ety. “The only peo­ple that have this de­sign are Dis­ney and Glace Bay. We were amazed and thought it was pretty cool.

“We can’t wait to see it in the space.”

Brad­bury said when de­signer Jim Scott of Trace Plan­ning and De­sign first came to Glace Bay to work on the re­vi­tal­iza­tion project a cou­ple months ago, he brought a book with de­sign op­tions.

“We didn’t like the cookie cut­ter type of de­signs. We liked some as­pects of one and then some of an­other.”

The de­signer later con­tacted them and said he found some­thing he thought they would like.

“He said, ‘Can I send you the plans of it?’”

Brad­bury said he sent the pho­tos im­me­di­ately and their pres­i­dent Dana Mil­ley, along with every­one else, loved it.

“From the climb­ing equip­ment to the swing, every­one fell in love with it.”

The equip­ment in­cludes saucer swings in which a child can lay on a swing, or two or three chil­dren can fit on the same one.

“Some­one in a wheel­chair can also get on this swing, so it’s ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­body, which is cool and what our goal was,” Brad­bury said.

“The climb­ing equip­ment in­cluded every­thing from jun­gle bars to a rock climb­ing wall.

“It’s pretty orig­i­nal.”

The play­ground lay­out in­cludes a few dif­fer­ent things chil­dren can sit on and rock back and forth.

“The en­tire play­ground is ex­actly the same as the one at Dis­ney.“

The play­ground equip­ment ar­rived in Cape Bre­ton last week.

“We are all ex­cited about see­ing the fi­nal project.”

The project also in­cludes a bas­ket­ball court, splash pad and a new park­ing area.

The $400,000 re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the South Street Ball Field, which $50,000 raised by the so­ci­ety, be­gins next week and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of the sum­mer.

“Some­one in a wheel­chair can also get on this swing, so it’s ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­body, which is cool and what our goal was.” Char­lene Brad­bury, sec­re­tary of the Glace Bay Com­mu­nity Com­mons So­ci­ety.

SUBMITTED BY TRACE PLAN­NING AND DE­SIGN

This is a ren­der­ing of the play­ground equip­ment that has been se­lected for the Glace Bay Com­mu­nity Com­mons. It fol­lows the same de­sign as a play­ground at Dis­ney World in Florida.

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