Two new playgrounds in Ouje-Bougoumou are probably the only ones around that use Native themes and design. The springy toys aren’t the usual animals you see in the south. They are made to look like a canoe, a moose and a rabbit.

The colours aren’t bright reds and blues like in the south either. Ojay wanted more muted colors so the $47,000 playgrounds blend in with the rest of the community and its brown and tan color scheme. Split logs are used in the playgrounds.

Costs were kept low because local workers helped install the playgrounds. They’re already a big hit with local kids, who swarmed all over the equipment even before it was completely ready.