The City of Swift Current is striving to make its community accessible, and a recent grant application could help them do just that. 

Accessible bleachers for Kinetic Park would mean individuals of varying abilities could enjoy the space to its fullest. 

Chrissy Carter, events and program manager for the City, said they will find out in June if they are approved for the Co-op Community Spaces grant which they applied for in partnership with the Swift Current Ag and Ex.

"The maximum with that grant is $150,000 and that wouldn't cover the full cost of the project," she said. "So, we would still be looking to source different funding and grant options."

The accessible bleachers project would cost the City $265,000. The current stands would continue to be used at Kinetic Park in various areas throughout the grounds, providing additional seating for events.

As soon as funding is secured for the entire project, work would begin (weather permitting) to install the bleachers so they can be utilized. 

"We think it will be a great benefit to the community because it will provide additional accessibility options at Kinetic Park for events that are hosted on the grounds there," added Carter. 

Last year, six projects in Saskatchewan were chosen to receive the Co-op Community Spaces grant. In 2024, Co-op will contribute $1 million to support projects that improve or create spaces of connection.