Kentville, Kings County Academy celebrate new playground

Wendy Elliott
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Kings County Academy students are enjoying what Kentville Mayor David Corkum terms an outstanding playground.

Built for the school population and the community, the accessible playground at Gary Pearl Drive and West Main Street had its official opening on June 20 three years into the history of the new KCA.

Corkum paid tribute to Kathy Boutilier and Laura Churchill Duke and other parent volunteers who organized and fundraised for the project.

 “It’s thanks to them.”

Many hours of work, the mayor said, have turned the facility into a great place to be.

Principal Mike Ouellette told the students that not all schools are as lucky as KCA in having a great space to play and sports fields.

Boutilier called the facility the best playground in the Valley with a huge focus on accessibility.

“I’d like to thank the town for its contributions,” she said. “It’s been an amazing endeavor.”

Churchill Duke said the group began fundraising and, in just 11 months, $135,000 was raised, including a $40,000 provincial grant.

Organizations: Kings County Academy

Geographic location: Kentville, West Main Street

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  • Monique Harvie
    June 23, 2014 - 21:18

    One of my really good friends is in a wheelchair and we actually went to check out the play ground earlier this month. High five to all those who made the playground happen it really is beautiful. Although I think it's a far cry from accessible.There is absoulty no way a child in wheelchair can use or even get close the play ground because of the ground cover and edging. I think we need to be a little more mindful when advertising "a huge focus in accessibility" it's misleading. Maybe this situation can get rectified in the near future so we can truthfully call it accessible. Monique Harvie