September 1, Mississippi Mills—Following months of anticipation, a new playground at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area is officially open to the public. Complete with a swing set, slide, climber and teeter totter, the new playground is fully accessible and replaces an outdated structure that was dismantled in 2014.
“With more than six thousand visitors to the Mill of Kintail in 2015 alone, the new playground is a welcome addition to what is already a unique property,” said Stephanie Kolsters, Museum Manager. “It will provide opportunities for visitors to become physically active in the natural, outdoor setting that is valued by so many here.”
The playground isn’t the only new addition to the Mill this year; in June, a half basketball court was unveiled, complete with an accessible, adjustable hoop that can be lowered to five feet. Neither feature would have been possible if it wasn’t for a donation by Jim Naismith and family, grandson of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.
“Naismith’s convictions about healthy living and fitness match well with the offerings here at the Mill of Kintail,” said Kolsters. “We thank the Naismith family for their kind and generous donation.”
Owned and operated by Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area is a cultural, historical and environmental mecca. The 154 acres of field, forest and stream offers a brilliant natural backdrop for the MVCA education program.
MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
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