When children and their caregivers get the opportunity to play together, it’s a beautiful sight.
After a year-and-a-half, the new swing at the Rimbey Lions Soccer Park is now up and ready for playing, thanks to volunteers from the Blindman Valley Lions Club.
Trudy Rangen, a member of the club, said they had hosted a fundraiser on Facebook and asked for suggestions regarding what could be done with the funds. Rimbey resident Kelly LeBlanc wrote to the club and suggested this special type of swing where the caregiver, be it mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, the babysitter or whoever, can sit with the child on his or her lap, so they can face each other and swing together.
“When we heard about this, we thought, ‘Well this is something we don’t have,’” said Rangen. “For most things on a playground, the parents are excluded – they’re watching from the sidelines or pushing from behind. But this is you sharing in the play.”
“Everybody can benefit from this swing,” said LeBlanc. “We’ve been on it with our baby, with our older kids. This is an opportunity for connection on your kid’s level.”
LeBlanc said she’s hopeful the town can continue to make improvements to its park.
“I hope that our parks just keep developing into these awesome places to go with your kiddo,” she said. “Every time we make an improvement to a park in town, it’s another awesome addition to Rimbey.”
Rangen said one of the reasons the club chose this park for the new swing is because of its easily accessible parking and the park is often busy, so Rangen said she hopes the new swing will see a lot of use.
In addition to fundraising for the new swing, Rangen said the club also applied for and was successful in getting a grant from EQUS.
After the swing was ordered, it took some time to arrive and then the club waited for decent weather before being able to install it. Volunteers from the Blindman Valley Lions Club got together to build the swing and it was unveiled mid-July.