From left: Councillor Doug Elford, Associate Vice President of Programs and Operations at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Marco Di Buono, Mayor Doug McCallum and Councillor Laurie Guerra break ground at the future site of the new inclusive Jumpstart Charities playground at Surrey’s Unwin Park.

Accessible design aims to level the playing field – and the playground – at Surrey’s Unwin Park

Surrey: Mayor Doug McCallum, along with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Associate Vice President of Programs and Operations, Marco Di Buono, officially broke ground Wednesday, July 10, on the new Jumpstart Playground at Surrey’s Unwin Park. With plans for completion in late 2019, the new 12,000 square foot playground will be Surrey’s largest, offering an imaginative and accessible space for children of all abilities to play together.

“Today’s ground-breaking is another example of Surrey taking a leadership role in advancing accessibility and inclusion,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.  “This new, inclusive playground will remove the barriers that many children face when it comes to playing alongside their peers who may have different levels of ability.  When barriers are removed, the impact on our community and our children, are profound.  I want to thank Jumpstart Charities for this welcome addition to Unwin Park.”

“Jumpstart is proud to bring accessible play to more communities across Canada through our Inclusive Playground Project,” said Marco Di Buono, Associate Vice President of Programs and Operations at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “Today marks an important milestone for inclusivity, and we are thrilled to be working with the City of Surrey to make Unwin Park a place where kids of all abilities can experience the joy of play.”

This project is a result of a partnership agreement between City of Surrey and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and is scheduled for completion in late 2019.