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When the Rick Hansen Optimist Playground was damaged by vandalism last year, only one fully-accessible playground was available in Regina. CUPE 21, City of Regina outside workers, and the Saskatchewan Building Trades Council stepped up to help fund the repairs.

They donated $55,000 towards rebuilding the equipment and provided the labour to replace equipment that was badly damaged by fire. The park was re-opened just in time for summer.

The City of Regina thanked CUPE 21 and the Building Trades Council last week and will be locating a plaque recognizing their contribution on site later this year.

Regina’s parks are so important to residents and add to the quality of life residents enjoy here,” says CUPE 21 Recording Secretary/Communications executive member Wade Zalopski. “And because the Rick Hansen Optimist Park was fully-accessible, the restoration was even more important.”

Parents and children were upset at the playground closure after vandals lit a fire in A.E. Wilson Park on August 13, 2011.

CUPE 21 represents 1,250 outside municipal workers in Regina who keep roads safe, provide recreational services, upkeep and maintain arenas and rinks, collect garbage, take care of sewer and wastewater treatment, build and repair sidewalks, and maintain fire hydrants.