LETTERS: Thank you for making pop-up playground a success

Dear editor,

On Sunday, July 10 we hosted a Spare Parts Adventure pop-up playground in Tipperary Park. We didn't know how many families were going to be interested in letting their kids build their own playground, but when 10 o'clock came around we were pleasantly surprised! Kids (and some parents) came and built beds, tire swings, tents, boats, and a wide range of other structures out of spare parts generously donated by the community. Over 115 children came and exercised their bodies and imaginations. The sound of hammers rang through Tipperary Park for hours!

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We'd like to thank a few people and organizations for their generous support. We received a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation to help set this up – thank you very much! Thank you to Steel & Oak, Bunches & Blooms Floral, Matchstick Coffee, and Timbertrain Coffee for donations of materials (and coffee!). We've probably forgotten some people here, but thank you to Peter Foreman and Foreman Auto, Lindsay Hamilton and Michael Kaisaris, Dee Beattie, the Arbo family, Rick Vugteveen, Christa MacArthur, and Bunka Sandhu for the generous donations of spare parts. Members of the Ecole Qayqayt Elementary School PAC donated tools and materials, and helped spread the word. Thank you to the volunteers who helped sign families in, set up, clean up, and make sure kids had the freedom to build whatever they wanted.

And thank you especially to all of the families who came out to enjoy the Spare Parts Adventure pop-up playground! Without all of you coming to the park to let kids build things on their own, this wouldn't have been the success that it was. Thank you for bringing your smiling faces and adventurous children!

Alice Cavanagh, Kevin McConnell, Brad Cavanagh and Mona Boucher, New West residents

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