The Medicine Hat Early Childhood Coalition was successful in receiving a $50,000 grant towards the Sensory Sand & Water Area at the City’s upcoming nature playground. The main area, complete with climbing structure, swinging ropes, and a loose parts “wacky log” area had already been funded and the Sensory Sand & Water Area was still required funding. The Nature Playground is a partnership between the City of Medicine Hat, the Kiwanis Club, and the Medicine Hat Early Childhood Coalition. The Coalition was also involved with parent education signage for the nature playground. We have made recommendations for the wording of signs at each area of the playground, focusing on free play, risky play, loose parts and more. We have also recommended a tactile map and a picture communication board at the entrance to the park.
The Sensory Area will include a large sand area with log seating and borders, rocks and an old-fashioned water pump. Don’t worry the infamous whale slide will not be harmed during the construction! We look forward to lots of children enjoying sensory play in this space as we know it is so important for brain development. We encourage any visitors to Medicine Hat to come check it out in Kiwanis Central Park. The nature playground construction will begin in spring and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
Special thanks to our Coordinator, Shauna, and our Chairperson, Jennifer, who worked on this grant application to Blue Cross and were so happy to hear it was approved!