Odyssey House Natural Playscape

These last few months the Odyssey House Team along with some members of the community have been working hard to build a Natural Outdoor Playscape. This was designed to be a peaceful and happy space for the women and children to enjoy. In total we received $11,000 in donations from community members and organizations. Saturday, June 16th, 2018 Odyssey House started construction with “Telus Day of Giving”. Telus brought in 20 volunteers, along with members of the community and staff to assemble the large construction pieces. Over the next few weeks the space grew to include; a hammock, children’s trauma bird nest, beautiful flagstone path ways, water fountain, pergola, children’s mud pie making station, wood block station, sandbox, secondary seating area, and pallet couch.

On Wednesday, July 25th we celebrated the Grande Opening of the Natural Playscape with volunteers, donors, community members, and city Councillors all present. We had a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a BBQ & cake cutting. We wanted an opportunity for everyone who made this space possible to see and enjoy an evening in our completed backyard.Odyssey House’s first outdoor Playscape turned out so well that we hope to build one at our second stage shelter as well.

“We really like having a space where children can hang out and be quiet in the bird’s nest or on the hammock… as well as space for moms to sit and watch their kids. So that’s kind of what we’re hoping for next door as well.” – Ebony Rempel, Executive Director

A very special thank you to the following organizations and individuals without whom this space would not have been possible. Rob Ferguson and Telus Day of Giving, Marlene McCaffery and Rustic Barn Designs, The Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation, St. Gerard’s Catholic School, Aquatera Utilities, Swan City Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, Cenovus Energy, M3 Blasting & Coating, Big Game Welding. In house mentions, to our Childcare Support Manager Shelly Dachuk as well as her dedicated team, our Facilities Manager Stephen Park, Director of Communications & Public Relations Makayla Marcotte, and finally our Executive Director, Ebony Rempel.