by Angela Glore, Director of Food Programs, for Del Norte Triplicate
The community garden at the Del Norte Community Health Center will soon feature a beautiful new playground, the final big piece in a two-year project to expand the Wellness Center campus.
A Community Clinics Initiative grant from Tides and The California Endowment is financing the creation of the community garden, walking paths and the playground.
The concept is built around a holistic view of wellness in which healthy food and daily physical activity play big roles in health and wellness.
Open Door Community Health Centers, the Del Norte County Healthcare District, and Community Assistance Network are partners in both the grant and the work of building the campus extension.
The project took a big step toward completion recently when the playground equipment arrived from Pennsylvania. The community came out in force to help unload the 8,300 pounds of slides, ladders and play structures. Installation will take place within the next few months, dependent on contractors and weather. Once complete, the playground will feature two play areas, one for younger children and one for older kids. Each area will have a walking path around it so that parents can keep an eye on playing children while also getting to exercise themselves