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Jumpstart Playground Officially Opens in Surrey’s Unwin Park

SURREY, BC – The City of Surrey and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities officially opened the Jumpstart Playground in Unwin Park today. Mayor Doug McCallum, along with Scott Fraser, President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and Stephanie Dixon, 19-time

October 8, 2019

SURREY, BC – The City of Surrey and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities officially opened the Jumpstart Playground in Unwin Park today. Mayor Doug McCallum, along with Scott Fraser, President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and Stephanie Dixon, 19-time Paralympic Medallist, welcomed over 100 local children to experience Surrey’s largest accessible playground.

“Creating spaces where residents of all ages and abilities can enjoy active play together is at the centre of our vision to advance as a thriving, healthy community where everyone feels welcome,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.  “We thank Jumpstart Charities for their partnership in bringing this inclusive playground to Unwin Park.  It is a welcome addition that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come.”

“By playing, whether through organized sport or with friends on a playground, kids are given the opportunity to develop valuable life skills such as confidence, courage and teamwork,” said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “Today, we are celebrating more than the new Jumpstart Playground in Unwin Park; we’re celebrating the learning and growth opportunities it will foster for kids of all abilities in Surrey.”

At 12,000 square feet, Jumpstart Playground is the largest inclusive playground in Surrey and provides an imaginative and accessible play space for kids of all abilities to play together. The space includes unique accessible features and equipment, including double-wide ramps, seamless rubber surfacing, a quiet play space, a wheelchair-accessible We-Go-Round and more. The Jumpstart Playground is a gift to the City of Surrey as part of Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project and is the sixth Jumpstart Playground to be built in Canada to-date.

Through a five-year, $50 million fundraising commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation, Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project is helping Canadian kids overcome physical barriers to sport and recreation. In addition to building universally accessible playgrounds, Jumpstart supports accessible programming and infrastructure across Canada through Jumpstart Accessibility Grants and the Para Sport Jumpstart Fund.

 

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About Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. With an extensive, national network of more than 1,000 grantees and 289 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, Jumpstart has provided more than two million opportunities for Canadian kids to get in the game since 2005. For more information, visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.

Follow Jumpstart on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how the charity is giving kids across Canada a sporting chance.

 

Photo Caption: Paralympic Medallist Stephanie Dixon, Cllr. Laurie Guerra, Cllr. Linda Annis, John Furlong, Chairman, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Mayor Doug McCallum, Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Cllr. Mandeep Nagra, Cllr. Doug Elford, and Cllr. Allison Patton celebrate the official opening of Jumpstart Playground.

 

For more information:

Jennifer Chappell
External Communications Specialist
Canadian Tire Corporation
416.480.3180
Jennifer.chappell@cantire.com

 

Amber Stowe
Communications Specialist|
City of Surrey
604-598-5854
amber.stowe@surrey.ca