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INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND COMING TO SOMBA K’E PARK

Posted on Thursday December 17, 2020

With support and funding from Yellowknife Canadian Tire Dealer Jason Butorac and his wife Karen, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with the City of Yellowknife (the City), are pleased to announce a plan to build Yellowknife’s first-ever inclusive playground for kids of all abilities. The Jumpstart Playground will be built in Somba K’e Park and is part of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities’ Inclusive Play Project, which focuses on removing accessibility barriers to sport and play.

“My family and I could not be prouder to work with Jumpstart and contribute $100,000 to help bring this playground to Yellowknife,” said Jason Butorac. “After a year that has been difficult for many families, bringing more joy and play to our city is just what we need.”

At approximately 11,000 square feet, the new Jumpstart Playground will be the first of its kind in Yellowknife, providing an inclusive and accessible space where kids of all abilities can play together. Off the shores of Frame Lake and steps from City Hall, Somba K’e Park is one of the City’s favourite gathering places. The park features a waterfront amphitheatre and is home to community events such as the Yellowknife Farmers Market, Indigenous People’s Day celebrations, and Folk on the Rocks musical performances. An inclusive Jumpstart Playground would be an excellent addition to this much-loved community hub.

Thanks to the partnership between the City, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and our local Yellowknife Canadian Tire Dealer, this will be the first Jumpstart Inclusive Playground to be built in the Northwest Territories. To date, ten playgrounds have been developed as part of Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project in communities across Canada, including: Edmonton, AB; Surrey, BC; Calgary, AB; Prince Albert, SK; Winnipeg, MB; Charlottetown, PEI; Toronto, ON; Saint John, NB; Trois-Rivières, QC; and Winkler, MB. The Jumpstart Playground in Yellowknife and those in St. John’s, NL, Montreal, QC, and Whitehorse, YT will break ground in 2021.

“Yellowknife is home to many beautiful parks and playgrounds and enjoying the outdoors is a huge part of our life in the North,” said Mayor Rebecca Alty. “This inclusive playground, for kids of all abilities, is an exciting addition to our facilities and an important step toward making our city accessible for all to enjoy.”

“We are pleased to introduce our inclusive Jumpstart Playground to the City of Yellowknife,” said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “The playground, designed with world-class community organizations and industry leading partners, will remove barriers and give kids of all abilities in Yellowknife, access to sport and play.”

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About Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities  

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity committed to ensuring kids in need have equal access to sport and recreation. 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 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.

Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project is part of a five-year fundraising commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation allowing Jumpstart to focus funding efforts towards inclusive playgrounds, infrastructure and programming in an effort to provide inclusive play opportunities for children of all abilities.

For more information on the Yellowknife Jumpstart Playground, see the attached document. Follow Jumpstart on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how the Charity is giving kids across Canada a sporting chance.

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