A new nature playground has opened at a popular regional park.
The Capital Regional District says the old play structure at Hamsterly Beach at Elk/Beaver Regional Park has been replaced with a brand new nature playground that is open for use.
The new playground features areas for different ages and natural structures, which the regional district says encourages physical literacy for differing abilities. It was constructed using the existing landscape and local timbers.
“The aim of a nature playground is to connect children to nature that is more in line with CRD Regional Parks’ vision and values. It provides a different experience for children than a traditional playground. It is a safe, unstructured play space that fits into the natural environment. This is the first of its kind in CRD regional parks,” the CRD said in a press release.
A new washroom facility near the playground is also under construction, according to the CRD. Once completed, the fully accessible washroom will have flush-toilets and will be fitted with energy-efficient LED lighting and skylights.
The CRD says Elk/Beaver Regional Park is the busiest park in their park system with close to 2 million visits in 2021.