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There is a new place to play, exercise, rehabilitate and socialize on the city’s west side.

Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare and the John McGivney Children’s Centre have teamed up to create a unique health and wellness space for patients, staff, kids and their families.

The new multi faceted outdoor facility located in the green space between the two properties on Prince and Matchette roads includes special playground and workout equipment and is linked by two paved walkways to encourage interaction and engagement between people of all ages.

The LiUNA!625 Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Centre caters to rehab patients at the hospital, with the labour union local donating the $300,000 needed for the project. The second section Play McGivney is a fully accessible playground with lights and sounds for children of all ages. In Honour of the Ones We Love donated $200,000 toward the centre’s $500,000 project.

“I believe it’s the only combined system of its kind in Canada,” said Bill Marra, vice president at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare. “With it being designed for people from 0 to 110 years of age, it will encourage mentorship and socialization opportunities between kids and adults.”

The brightly coloured equipment, designed by Mark Jones of PlayWorld, was created for people of all abilities. The equipment is wheelchair accessible and a rubber flooring throughout aims to reduce the risk of injuries if case of a fall.

have a 33 acre campus that we have felt has really been under utilized, Marra said. equipment will also be open to the general public to use, so we expect kids in the neighbourhood will be on it after hours and on weekends. It really no different than a public park. Mulvey, senior manager of communications and community affairs, said the idea behind Play McGivney is to give staff and students outside use of fully accessible equipment.

was always a dream for us, Mulvey said. just needed to find the right partners and donors to make it happen and it all came together really quickly for us. said even though there are two separate sections to the playground, it looks like one complex.

our side no matter what your physical or cognitive ability is you are going to find something out there that you can do, she said.
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