Moms seeking more sponsors for playground

Moms seeking more sponsors for playground

The Oliver Community Park Project will soon be a reality with the installation of equipment this spring. Bake sales and donations have helped a great deal, but there is one last fundraising effort - about $5,000 is needed for signage and bench seating. Here, Sasha Zeeman puts on her happy face during one of the fundraisers. (File photo)

By Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

Spring is just around the corner, and the moms behind the Oliver Community Park Project are getting excited.

Amanda Workman and Randee Ede said the new toddler playground equipment has arrived and will be installed this spring.

But cost issues have resulted in additional sponsorship needed for a park sign and more bench seating.

In one short year, the playground project in Oliver Community Park has raised more than $100,000 thanks to sponsorship from Buy-Low Foods and the Kiwanis Club of Oliver.

This playground will be the first inclusive playground in the South Okanagan, according to Workman and Ede. They said the equipment chosen will provide increased accessibility to children of all physical abilities.

One such feature is an “expression swing” which will allow children, who would not otherwise be able, to swing alongside their adult caregiver.

Recreation manager Carol Sheridan said they are hoping to bring in more dollars for an official park sign and additional seating. A bit more is also needed for the specialized accessible swing, she pointed out.

All together, these items will amount to approximately $5,000, Sheridan said.

In exchange for sponsorship, donors (greater than $500) receive recognition on a plaque at the playground, Workman said.

For more information or to be a sponsor, email