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Orano Fun Zone Playground Opens at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

For immediate release: August 2, 2018 - 10:00am
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Visits to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo (Zoo) are about to get even more fun with the unveiling of the new Orano Fun Zone playground!  A state-of-the-art accessible playground, the Orano Fun Zone playground is an attraction of its own, certain to delight children of all ages.

The new playground features a variety of accessible components, including a nature-inspired themed PlayBoosterR Treehouse, OodlerR Swing, Talk Tubes, and much more!

“The new playground is an excellent addition to the Zoo,” says Tim Sinclair-Smith, Zoo Manager.  “We couldn’t be more grateful for the work of the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation and the generous contribution from Orano Canada.”

The playground replaces an older wooden play structure and is located in a new, more accessible area next to the orchard in the Zoo.  The major upgrade was made possible thanks to the efforts and dedication of the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation, which raises funds for capital projects and improvements within the Zoo.

“The Saskatoon Zoo Foundation could not be more excited for this playground.  Working closely with Orano and our other playtime partners to build an accessible playground inside the Zoo is a true testament of community spirit.  For a better tomorrow, we want our children to play today, and everyone involved is absolutely thrilled to see the playground’s addition to the wonderful experience the Zoo has to offer,” says Dawn Woroniuk, Executive Director, Saskatoon Zoo Foundation.

Through the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation, the project received a generous donation from Orano Canada Inc. as part of its commitment to invest in community initiatives in the regions where its employees reside.  Orano Canada Inc. has been exploring for uranium, developing uranium mines, and producing uranium concentrate in Saskatchewan for over 50 years.

“We are proud to invest in our community and to support a facility such as the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo that serves so many in Saskatoon, in our province, and many visitors from beyond our borders.  Despite the difficult times for our industry, Orano Canada has been planning for this contribution for some time and we are particularly pleased to have been able to contribute to the construction of this new, accessible playground as it allows all children to have the opportunity to play together,” says Tammy Van Lambalgen, Vice President Corporate Affairs & General Counsel of Orano Canada Inc.  “The Orano Fun Zone provides a space within the Zoo for young children to learn and develop many skills while they play.  It is an area that will be a fun stop for many families visiting the Zoo, including our own employees and their children.”

The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Additional information, such as admission rates and details on the recently launched Season Pass, can be found at saskatoon.ca/zoo.