Before Christmas, vandals targeted a community park in Brocklehurst— a fire was started and burnt through a yellow twisty slide.
Vicki Hohm said city staff arrived after the incident and put up a piece of plywood, closing off access to the damaged piece of playground equipment.
The Brocklehurst mom, who has two kids, didn’t think much of the months-long slide closure during colder weather. However, just before spring break, she watched crews take down the plywood, along with that yellow twisty slide. It was replaced with a set of railings — but no new slide.
“I was there the day it came down,” Hohm said. “I watched them take it down because I was waiting for my daughter to get off the bus and I was like, ‘Oh, these poor kids, they’re going to get off the bus and be so disappointed.’”
Hohm has two children, ages six and three. They play every week at the playground in Brocklehurst Community Park, which is also home to an arena, outdoor pool and fields.
The park is visited by kids from throughout the community. It is a place day cares visit, where Overlanders Day was held prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and where Parkcrest students — whose school burned down in 2019 — load on and off the school bus.
Three buses of children are dropped off and picked up at the park on school days. Hohm’s kids were among those disappointed to see the slide go.
“Especially, too, when they know,” Hohm said. “All the kids knew that there was a slide there.”
The playground, she said is valuable because it appeals to mixed-aged children. The playground has another slide, but Hohm described it as a “baby slide.”
The railings installed in place of the yellow twisty slide certainly look permanent.
However, City of Kamloops parks manager Jeff Putnam said the slide will, in fact, be replaced by the end of April.
He said the manufacturer no longer makes the type of slide previously in that location, so the new model will be a little different.
Hohm was delighted to hear the slide would be replaced.
“Very happy, that’s fantastic,” Hohm said. “I think everybody’s going to be happy to hear that.”