The John McGivney Children's Centre (JMCC) provides rehabilitation, education, child care, and support services for more than 2,800 children with various needs. In 2010, the Centre completed an expansion and renovation project that tripled the square footage of the building and provided a state-of-the-art facility.
Now with its Access4All grant, JMCC will redevelop its outdoor area to create an accessible playground and nature experience for both play and therapy purposes. The project will turn the space into an area of inclusive play and participation for youth with various disabilities, their families, friends, and the community.
With the success of our updated building, we turned our attention to the potential of the surrounding green space for additional ways to help youth achieve social and health benefits. Our plan is to transform our outdoor area into place where the entire community can play, learn, and adventure together.
Our accessible playground and nature experience will be a place where children with disabilities, their families, their friends, and the community can interact together. A space like this doesn’t currently exist in our community so it will have a significant and far-reaching impact, and will be enjoyed by generations of families to come.
The best thing is making a difference in the community and creating opportunities for everyone to be involved and included. We cannot wait until the construction is complete and we can see the smiles on the faces of those enjoying it!