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The grand opening was made official with a cutting of the ribbon ceremony, which was followed by screams of children running into their new play structure, putting all the new exciting features to the test.

The celebratory ceremony was almost postponed due to the recent snow storm plaguing the Peace Region, but volunteers and construction workers worked feverishly throughout the storm to complete the playground on time.

Brandy Olmsted, President of the Baldonnel School PAC, says the look on the students' face when enjoying the playground is an extremely rewarding feeling.

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"It’s unbelievable, I think just the kids are so excited it just makes it really overwhelming and worth all the work. And the playground being in Curtis’ name, he was always smiling so to see all these kids smiling with something in his name is pretty incredible."

The entire process took approximately three years from when it was just a "crazy idea" to now, when it's one of the only wheelchair accessible playgrounds in the area.

The PAC raised over $170,000 to help build the structure.

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