VIDEO: New Playground Officially Opens At Haitus House

A new fun, safe, and secure playground is ready for families at Windsor's Hiatus House on Louis Ave.

Construction on the new $190,000 play-space began in April of 2017, and came to fruition at Friday's grand-opening.

Child and Youth Co-ordinator Dana Richmond says having a safe space for moms to bond with their children will now be a key welcoming feature at the facility.

"They often don't know what to expect when they're walking through the doors, and if there's something here for their children when they come to Hiatus House," she says. "They're pleasantly surprised, especially now with the re-construction of our back yard, that there is somewhere their children can go and play. They can rebuild those relationships with their children."

Richmond says the playground will be a way for families to get away while safely behind the walls of Hiatus House.

"There's an emphasis on accessibility, inclusion, mother child interaction, and to provide a temporary retreat for our residence," she says.

She tells AM800 News there's still more work to be done.

"Phase two includes a NEOS 360 [playground equipment] and some fitness and well-being equipment to address some the women's and adolescent needs," says Richmond.

Royal Lepage Binder Real Estate raised more than $106,000 over four years to make the project happen with another $84,000 coming from an Ontario Trillium Grant.

Phase two of the project is slated to be completed in the summer of 2018.