City Accepts Generous Our Kids Donation toward New Accessible Parkdale Park

There was an exciting cheque presentation held this morning at Parkdale Park, the site of a much anticipated accessible playground scheduled for completion this fall. Mayor Mitch Panciuk was pleased to receive a cheque from Our Kids in the amount of $75,000 in support of this project. The playground will be located at the new Field of Ability - a perfect addition to the accessible sports field. The donation will cover approximately 40% of the project costs.

The Our Kids charity was established by Medigas representatives to help Quinte area children and their families faced with physical and mental challenges live better lives. Funds for this charity were raised by the Rick Meagher-Medigas Charity Golf Tournament, a tournament held each summer for 30 years that raised over three million dollars for the community.

“The generous Our Kids donations have been invaluable in our efforts as a city to create recreational facilities that can be enjoyed by every child,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk. “With their assistance we have been able to provide creative, fun, inclusive playground and outdoor facilities. Their dedication and generosity is deeply appreciated.”

“The play park is a natural addition for families at the Field of Ability site. It will give our children an even playing field for play and rehabilitation, a goal that Our Kids stands behind," said Randy McFarland. "Our purpose is, and has always been, to deliver on projects that serve an inclusive community."
Past projects supported by Our Kids include:

  • Medigas Picnic Shelter
  • Rick Meagher-Medigas Play Park at West Zwicks Park
  • Tom Gavey – Medigas Pavilion at West Zwicks Park
  • Rick Meagher – Medigas Rotary Play Park at West Riverside Park
  • Quinte Childrens Treatment Centre Celebrity Classic Playground at QHC

“We are extremely proud of what Parkdale Veterans Park has become,” added Sarah Collins, Accessibility Coordinator, City of Belleville.  “Parkdale will soon offer a one-stop community hub where people of all ages and abilities can get out, be active, and enjoy community life. Alongside the Field of Ability, new picnic shelter, redeveloped parking lot and pathway, and existing splash pad, the new playground will top off all these amazing, barrier-free social and recreational opportunities in one convenient location. Like the Field of Ability this new playground will feature rubberized surfacing, as well as some amazing and unique inclusive play opportunities all at ground level, and many different sensory and creative play options to suit a variety of needs and interests. The features and amenities of this park will truly provide an accessible and inclusive experience not only for those participating or playing, but also for parents and caregivers.”

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