The Goose has Landed!
Candy Cane playground in Wascana Centre has a whole new look!
Thanks to contributions from the City of Regina, a new Goose Slide has been installed at Candy Cane playground giving children of all ages yet another reason to love the park. For parents, the City’s contribution helped re-surface the nearby parking lot.
The goose slide was a custom design and build that representatives of Wascana Centre worked on closely with Cre8play, a company from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After months of design perfections, the goose finally flew north for the winter. "Queenie" had to stay in limbo for a while until the spring melt came and the ground became suitable enough to mount her on her nest permanently.
The slide name comes from the historic story of how geese came to Wascana Centre. In the 1950s Queenie and her partner Hiawatha were presented to Wascana Centre so that a bird sanctuary may be built in the heart of the city. These two birds parented many of the offspring we see in the park today.
Candy Cane playground was completely refurbished in 2010 thanks to funding received from the federal and provincial governments under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program.
The Candy Cane Park playground upgrades included new Canadian Standards Association-approved play features, a more accessible play area, improved drainage systems and improved landscaping. Four fully-accessible play elements are now available at the site, which provides new opportunities for physically-challenged children. The larger number of play features promote increased physical activity for all children.
His Worship, Pat Fiacco, Mayor of Regina and Chairperson of Wascana Centre Authority took his granddaughter to play at the new park recently. On his visit Mayor Fiacco commented, "Queenie is a wonderful addition to Wascana Centre. Just about everyone in the city knows about the Candy Cane playground and the new structure will give families hours of enjoyment."