Submitted by Dawn O’Connor
The Weyburn Therapeutic Animal Park has received a new swing set structure, donated from the organizers of Bonanza 2019, a National Junior Hereford show that was hosted in Weyburn over the summer.
The structure was erected on site of Bonanza 2019 and enjoyed by many children over the four-day event, held on July 31-Aug 3.
Participants in the cattle show and their families came from all over Canada to show Hereford cattle. Exhibitors ranged in age from six to 21 years of age, but the show attracted family and visitors of all ages.
While Bonanza 2019 was being planned over the past two years, the committee members in charge of the children’s play area and activities believed the event would benefit from an outdoor play structure. Since these pieces of playground equipment are not available to rent, the committee decided to see what could be built, and thanks to the outstanding support and generosity of a few community partners, a strong/well-built swing set was planned.
Prairie Sky Co-operative Association Ltd was very excited to participate in this project, donating all the lumber and chain for the four-swing structure.
“Prairie Sky Co-op prides itself on being a community builder and giving back to the communities it serves in. Having a tangible structure that could be enjoyed at anytime by visitors and residents sounded like the perfect project for us to support. Dawn (Bonanza committee member) and Andrew (swing set builder) led the project and the Co-op was happy to help their idea come to light,” said Andrea Bell, member relations manager of Prairie Sky Co-op.
Other contributors to the project included Andrew Felskie of Felskie Woodworks, who planned and built the structure at his home near Indian Head, and the Bonanza 2019 Kids Corner/Mini Herf committee purchased the swing seats, hardware, welding and other supplies.
The swing set structure was recently transported to its new permanent home at the Weyburn Therapeutic Animal Park by Jeromy and Arden Charlton.
Vince Sheldon, the WTA Park media director, said, “We are extremely excited and honoured to have this swing set donated to our park. As we are 100-per-cent non-profit and volunteer ran, we rely on our community to help us out. This swing set came at the perfect time as our playground equipment is getting old and worn out. We are very grateful for the continued support from local organizations and our community as we continue to update our park.”