FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One of the oldest neighbourhood playgrounds in the city will be closed for the next couple of weeks while crews conduct upgrade work.

Only the Pickell Park playground will be closed for the time being and, once complete, will feature a rubberized surface, new play and climbing structures.

General park improvements are slated for later in the summer and will include additional trees and upgraded garbage cans, picnic tables and benches.

The improvements are based on feedback from the community during last summer’s Let’s Talk Pickell Park engagement sessions.

Every year, the city sets aside around $300,000 in its budget for park improvements.

Tre Lopushinsky is the News Director at, and a NAIT broadcasting graduate. His love for local journalism started in Lloydminster, where he realized the importance of covering issues/topics for smaller municipalities. He is also the co-host of Before The Peace, highlighting Indigenous voices in the North Peace. In his off time, Tre is yelling at his tv while watching pro wrestling, MMA, and basketball.