The park that is dear to all in Saanich and best known for its janky pink elephant will be getting a massive makeover in the coming months.
Construction has begun with a ground-breaking ceremony on the outdated Rutledge Park this week as neighbours and Saanich councillors gathered to say goodbye to the old playground before welcoming the improvements to come.
The park will soon have a brand new washroom facility, modern playground equipment, a much-anticipated splash pad and most importantly, Rutley the beloved pink elephant will continue to watch over the park.
The playground will even feature “nature play and natural elements” such as a stream with interactive dams that can teach kids early connectivity with nature and the land around them.
“On behalf of Saanich Council, it is exciting to see construction underway for these long-awaited improvements at Rutledge Park,” said Saanich Mayor Dean Murdock.
“It is through partnership funding with provincial and federal governments, as well as enthusiastic support from area residents, that we can enhance the overall experience at Rutledge Park.”
The funding for the park came from around $370,000 from the federal government, over $535,000 from the province and over $329,000 from the District of Saanich’s coffers.
The project is expected to be completed sometime in 2024.