A five year fundraising effort by a White Rock firefighter and his mother may soon see results.
Myra Merkal and her son Evan Bird have been working to build the first all abilities playground on White Rock beach.
“I want to give back, I want to create this place where people of all ages and all abilities can come. They will be things for children in wheelchairs, there will be things for children that are maybe hearing impaired.”
Merkal has been raising money by hosting annual “Princess Parties“, where the community gathers in princess costumes for crafts, face painting, and to meet White Rock Fire Fighters.
At Merkal’s last Princess Party, 245 children attended, and she raised $18 000 for the fundraiser.
Evan Bird has been fundraising with his fire department. Bird says when they presented their idea to White Rock City Council, the city endorsed their plan.
“Endorsing it was a huge thing for us. That they recognize we are doing it and the council endorsed it and they got city staff looking at it. We’ve gone down there a couple times with city staff and the Councillors and stuff and everybody is on par with it.”
The pair has raised close to 100-thousand dollars, and hope with the city’s endorsement, money will be raised quicker, and construction can start even sooner.