The Narrows day use area is a popular place for people to gather to use the camp kitchen, fire ring, swim beach and picnic tables. The nearby Narrows Campground hosts 85 campsites and sees a steady stream of campers during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Currently, a traditional swing set is the only equipment in the area for kids at play.
After a pile of research including consultation with Parks Canada, we're thrilled to announce plans for a new playground at the Narrows to accommodate three needs: accessibility, activities suitable for toddlers ages 2-5 and activities for kids ages 5-12. Building the new playground is conditional on receiving $30,000 in donations from the community by August 15, 2023. Read on or donate now!
Why the Narrows?
We consulted with Parks Canada about an additional playground location in the Waskesiu townsite. It was determined that the Bears on the Beach and toddler playgrounds on the main beach provided adequate playground capacity in the townsite. Currently, there are no playground facilities along the south shore of the lake.
View the 10ft & 6ft slides, sand castle activity and leaf climber plus accessible ramp with rails, Canadian wildlife memory game, alphabet & number maze and crawl tube
Accessible activities include a ramp with rails to an extra wide platform where a Canadian wildlife memory game, alphabet & number maze, steering wheel and a crawl tube can be enjoyed.
Young kids will fall in love with a 6ft slide, leaf climber, double climber with planks suspended from chains and an incredible sand castle activity which promotes cooperative play.
Older kids will zip down the 10ft slide and firefighter's pole, scale the molecule climber, balance on the spring mounted wobbly step, use their arms to get across the ring ladder, test their strength on the wheel & twirl overhead wheels and enjoy lateral wall climbing.
The playground touches on nature themes throughout the design including animal & evergreen tree toppers, moose & evergreen silhouettes, and colours like greens, tans and browns suitable to the natural surroundings of the mature forest of spruce, fir & aspen trees.
Check out the spring mounted wobbly step, ring ladder, wheel & twirl overhead wheels, double climber with planks, firefighter's pole and molecule climber
The cost for Narrows playground equipment and installation is considerable, estimated at $97,122 with taxes. The project is unique though, as it meets three distinct needs for accessible equipment, activities for toddles ages 2-5 and activities for kids ages 5-12.
If you aren't a frequent visitor to the Narrows, this will be another reason to explore outside of the townsite in addition to swimming, picnicking and hiking. Did you know the Narrows is just a short four-kilometre drive or boat ride from the Paignton Beach day use area? Paignton is often packed with families & visitors. A new playground at the Narrows could help relieve this pressure and add an incredible amenity for active kid-friendly family fun to the area.
Your help is needed to raise $30,000 of the project funds by August 15, 2023. If this target is met, the playground will be built in fall of 2023 (or spring 2024 weather depending). The remaining two-thirds of project funds have been sourced. Donate today and show your support for the Narrows playground.
If donations totalling $30,000 or more are received by August 15 the Narrows playground will be built in fall of 2023 (or spring 2024 weather depending). Support today!
The deadline may have come and gone, but you can still support the Narrows playground project.
It was brought to our attention that the ball diamond in the Day Use Area is in need of some improvements and we're happy to tackle that along with the Waskesiu Recreation Association. Under consideration is refurbishing the infield by sizing and leveling the baselines. Portions of the outfield likely require some additional soil and reseeding of grass. We'll also repair the backstop and install new bases. This project is expected to take place in spring of 2023.
Waskesiu is a special place and we’re proud to work with you to improve it now and for future generations. Thank you for making a difference!
Recreation facilities are one of the cornerstones of the Waskesiu experience. We've worked collaboratively with the Waskesiu Recreation Association, Parks Canada Agency and the Waskesiu Community Council to revitalize Waskesiu’s recreation facilities. Completing the Waskesiu Recreation Area Renewal was also identified by the community as a key project within Waskesiu's "Vision 2020 and Beyond" Community Action Plan.
The Waskesiu Recreation Association (WRA) is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization responsible for Waskesiu’s recreation facilities and activities, and also leads, or assists with, many of the prominent events that have made Waskesiu a popular destination for so many.
Short term objectives already completed:
Mid to longer-term objectives:
Why renew Waskesiu's aging recreation facilities?
You can support the Waskesiu Recreation Area Renewal today! Make your tax deductible donation by selecting "Recreation Renewal". Charitable receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more.