A West Kelowna mother and her supporters are closing in on their fundraising aim to construct the primary all-inclusive playground within the metropolis.
Melissa Grassmick advised council at its Nov. 22 assembly that simply over $500,000 of their $750,000 aim has been raised for Julia’s Junction. The playground is called after Grassmick’s daughter, who suffered a spinal cord injury attributable to a blood clot at 17 months outdated.
Grassmick mentioned months of fundraising occasions have contributed to the overall, and Julia has been an inspiration.
“I believe she’s actually proud to be a part of it,” mentioned Grassmick.
The Metropolis of West Kelowna has contributed $200,000 to the venture and has supplied help and recommendation from metropolis workers.
“I felt fully supported, valued, and included in all the small print,” mentioned Grassmick.
She added that company donors, charity contributions, grant funding, and private donations have additionally bolstered fundraising. Julia’s Junction will present an all-inclusive and accessible playground for kids of all talents, in addition to alternatives for socialization and a quiet area.
“To provide each baby an opportunity to play collectively,” added Grassmick.
Coun. Garrett Millsap mentioned there’s a lot the town can study from Grassmick’s efforts.
“Once we go to retrofit or construct a playground we’d like to consider accessibility first.”
Coun. Carol Zanon thanked Grassmick for a lesson in consciousness.
“Any more it is a lesson that I’ll carry with me on a regular basis in any of the long run tasks that we’ll be doing,” she added.
Building on Julia’s Junction, which is deliberate for Westbank City Centre Park, is anticipated to start out April 1, 2023, with a grand opening close to the tip of June.
Grassmick mentioned the fundraising continues.
“We’re feeling fairly assured that we’ll hit our aim.”