Playground for Rural First Nation Community

by The Power of Play
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Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Playground for Rural First Nation Community
Play elements in Merritt
Play elements in Merritt

Recently the snow in the West Side Lytton has melted and we are able to move to the site to build the playground. 

There has been a hold off on this project due to pandemic, forest fire, flood, landslide, snow, etc. but now its time and we are going to complete this project.

We have picked up the playground from town of Merritt and transported to Squamish to complete the refurbishing/ up cycling. (Photos attached) Currently The Power Of Play team is working with the playground manufacture and band to repurpose the playground. 

The repurposing process will include going through all the play element pieces and component, identifying what is refurbish-able and what needs to be replaced. Then we start with sanding, removing rust, powder coating, and replacing broken and missing pieces. 

Once playground is ready, it will be shipped to West Side Lytton to be installed. 

Meanwhile we are calling for volunteers and businesses to partner up with us to bring the power of play to this well deserved community. 

We are planning to start the installation by late July. 

Loading the equipment
Loading the equipment
Took two long trailers to transport
Took two long trailers to transport
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Thanks to all the donors we are closer to complete this project.

We are working to complete this project by end of spring 2022. Due to extreme weather and heavy snow we cannot start the construction until beginning of April this year.

So far we have raised over 40% of the fund required for this project. Mid February we are launching a campaign among our donor list to raise the remaning fund required to complete this project.

From end of March we will ship the equipment and playground elements into the land. 

We have a large group of local volunteers enrolled to support this project.

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The First Nation community of Lytton has been facing multiple challenges and dealt with a few natural disasters during the past 7 months which has postponed our project. 

 

Until March, 20th/2021 the community was dealing with the spread of covid and it was in full isolation. Right after that because of sudden heat, water level came very high and the cable ferry, which is the only way to access the community, stopped working for a month. We had no way to enter the community. 

 

On June, 24th/2021 a mass grave of 215 First Nation children was found and the community was in grieving and was not able to receive us to do the project.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57592243

 

End of June 2021 wild forest fire started and in a few days it burnt down around 90% of the town of Lytton

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-wildfires-lytton-july-1-2021-1.6087311

 

When the community started to coming back to town around the beginning of August another forest fire started on the Westbank and everyone had to evacuate again. 

 

On August, 17th there was a mudslide near Lytton and the highway was shut down. We were not able to enter the community. 

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/large-mudslide-leads-to-closure-on-highway-1-near-lytton-b-c-1.5550211

 

After all that has happened, the community and the children need this playground more than ever. It is very important to create a play space for the children to deal with the trauma and cope with their loss. 

We are now waiting to get the green light from the community to enter the area. 

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The Power of Play has been donated a used playground for this project. This playground was in a school in West Kelowna BC, and got replaced by a brand new playground. Now instead of having this playground end up in the landfill we will refurbish and repurpose this playground to use it for our project.

We will use any elements that are reusable after refurbishing, and we will purchase the missing pieces.

The playground is currently stored in Merritt BC, about an hour away from the location. In next three weeks we will complete the refurbishing process and then we will ship the playground to the location.

Beside this playground and the additions, we will build the shade structure with sitting area, and some water feature.

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Lytton First Nation band and The Power of Play have come to the agreement to build this project with support from the band in approximate of 15% of the total cost. This collaboration will be in the form of volunteering, so throughout this volunteering there will be opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of play, and to allow the children speak the voice and express their ideas. We will also give teens a chance to volunteer and develop new skills. Additionally elders will get involved to create a gathering space to pass on their arts and skills to the new generation. 


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