City staff are working with the Kuni Foundation to find a design firm that specializes in disability-inclusion projects.
During the summer and fall of 2023, city staff will invite the Fruit Valley neighborhood to participate in public surveys and meetings to “help shape the playground’s theme and amenities,” according to the city’s website. The final design should be finished by December 2023, which will give city staff most of 2024 to focus on permitting and pre-construction.
The foundation previously donated $101,000 for the renovation of the inclusive Marshall Park playground, which should be completed this spring.
One of the foundation’s conditions was renaming the playground after Elizabeth Austin, a community leader and mother who died of cancer in 2021.
“Elizabeth loved exploring Vancouver’s parks and playgrounds, visiting every location in the area,” Kuni Foundation President Angela Hult said in the press release. “The Elizabeth Austin Playground at Fruit Valley Park will be a tribute to her warm, welcoming nature and love for creating community.”