After being closed for almost two months, the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park will reopen on Friday morning. 

“With summer here, we are thrilled to reopen the Nature Playground and invite Park visitors back into this beloved gathering place,” said Ray Karasevich, President & CEO of Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

The popular playground, which was one of the first projects completed in the redevelopment of the park and Zoo, shut down in late April to undergo some much-needed updates and repairs

Some of the work that was completed during the temporary closure includes a new wheelchair-accessible swing, re-surfacing of the rubberized pathways and play features, a new wheelchair-accessible willow tree tunnel near the existing picnic shelter, spring planting and groundskeeping, as well as painting and repairs to some of the other playground features, infrastructure and amenities. 

The playground is also home to a new piece of public art called DO RE MI FA SOL LA SI. The sculpture, created by Canadian artist Joe Fafard and installed late last fall, uses scenes, objects and fragments to form the shape of seven running horses.  

“The opening of the Nature Playground in 2011 was made possible with support from the City of Winnipeg and private donors,” said Karasevich. “Thanks to their leadership and generosity, the Nature Playground has brought joy to thousands of children and families over the years and will continue to delight Park visitors for many years to come.” 

After Friday’s reopening at 10:30 a.m., the Nature Playground will resume regular hours and be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.