In 2006 the Rotary Club of Sooke embarked on a project to build a play area and gazebo for the daycare centre located at the Sooke Family Resource Society on Wadam’s Way in Sooke, BC.
The project involved creating a knoll and then constructing a gazebo on the top where children could then climb on the knoll and slide down the installed slide as well as use the gazebo as shelter from both the sun and inclement weather. Over the years, through use and erosion, the project badly needed repair. In addition, regulations relating to the construction and use of daycare facilities changed, making a simple rebuilding impossible.
During the past month, with the assistance of several members of our club along with the help of a small excavator (owned and operated by Sooke Rotarian Dal Little), it took a total of 4 days to rebuild the base utilizing embedded used tires to try and slow any future erosion. An unsafe staircase was removed and the slide embedded into the slope eliminating a potential trip hazard. A number of large stones were also strategically placed and buried under the gravel as a further erosion mitigation effort.
As People of Action, our club stepped up and provided the labour, machinery, and materials to complete the project.
Staff at the daycare centre were extremely pleased with the finished project and took several pictures to use in their social media postings.