NORTH COWICHAN COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY AGREES TO PROVIDE LAND AT FULLER LAKE PARK, IN CHEMAINUS, BC, FOR A NEW ALL-AGES ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND!
Um... wow. If you're new here, skip down to the previous blog post for information on our goal.
You're back? Great! Now that you know what our initial goal for Anya's Journey Foundation was, you can perhaps appreciate how ecstatic we are at how quickly this has come together! From an off-the-cuff Facebook messenger discussion with Mayor Al Siebring, to a meeting on December 2, 2021 with Director of Parks, Don Stewart, to receiving unanimous approval for the use of land at Fuller Lake Park by North Cowichan Council on February 2, 2022... it's been a whirlwind! But... now that real hard work comes in.
This is new to us, this playground construction / $500,000 fundraising effort. So we will be drawing in many different people, with many different backgrounds and many different skillsets, to help pull this off. While we have some amazing contacts in the business world, we are going to need help with the playground world and the grants / philanthropy world and the government world (although I do have some experience with that). Lots of planning, talking, emails, phone calls and events will occur, within a very short time, to get us down the road to raising the funds required and getting a quality playground plan in place. We have already met with some people who work with teens & adults to ascertain their desires / needs in an inclusive playground, and will be completing more focus groups & discussions with families, groups & youth services.
"There is no joy better than the laughter & smiles on children's faces at a playground."
Bruce & Cristina Findlay, Anya's parents.