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Province of British Columbia
NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2019EDUC0023-000409
March 15, 2019
Ministry of Education
Funding provides thousands of students with new school playgrounds

BURNABY – The B.C. government is building 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts this year, delivering healthier, more accessible learning environments for kids, while reducing pressure on parents to fundraise, announced Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.

“As a parent, I understand first-hand how tough it can be for schools and parents to find the time and volunteers to fundraise for playground equipment and activities,” said Fleming. “Our government is committed to improving the learning environment at B.C. schools — safe, fun and accessible playgrounds are very much part of delivering on this commitment. And to make this happen, parents should not have to become dedicated fundraisers in their spare time.”

Playgrounds are a key factor in a child’s development and learning. They encourage outdoor physical activity, help students learn how to share, overcome challenges and help them focus and learn more effectively in the classroom.

This year, the Playground Equipment Program (PEP) will invest $5 million in 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts around B.C., including 30 universally accessible playgrounds. The playgrounds will be built over the next six months and are expected to be ready for kids to play on in fall 2019.

Premier John Horgan announced $5 million to officially launch the PEP program in May 2018 — 26 schools received standard playgrounds and 25 received universally accessible playgrounds. All have been completed and are now being enjoyed by kids throughout B.C.

School districts apply for the funding by sending a list of priorities in their capital plan submissions in June each year. Playgrounds are being funded based on greatest need. Priority is given to schools where there is no playground, then to schools where the existing playground is aging. Districts that did not receive funding this year may receive funding next year, if they apply for it.

Quotes:

Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake —

“By funding these playgrounds, we are investing in the education and well-being of children. Parents are finally receiving a break from fundraising, and students and families in our Maywood community are receiving a much-needed safe, accessible new playground for the local community to enjoy.”

Gary Wong, chair, Burnaby Board of Education —

“A playground is so central to the student experience that when the structure is past its prime, the entire school community feels the strain of it. This funding will be a tremendous benefit, resulting in three new playgrounds for our children and families to enjoy. On behalf of the Burnaby Board of Education, I want to extend our sincere appreciation to the Government of B.C.”

Laura Ward, chair, Burnaby District Parent Advisory Council —

“This government funding gives us a safe place for our kids to just be kids, and the value of that can’t be overstated. Additionally, our parent advisory councils are made up of volunteers with limited time. If we can take the focus off of fundraising for costly playground equipment, then we’re able to direct our resources into the school community where they can be most beneficial.”

Gina Niccoli-Moen, superintendent of schools, Burnaby School District —

“To understand how crucial playgrounds are to students, you need only drive by any one of our elementary schools at recess. As educators, we know how critical play is to a child’s development. This provincial investment is something our students will get value from each school day, and we appreciate how this will also benefit the wider community.”

A backgrounder follows.

 
Contact:
 
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-8485
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2019EDUC0023-000409
March 15, 2019
Ministry of Education
New playground equipment program supports 50 B.C. schools

School districts in B.C. are receiving funding from a new program first introduced in May 2018 to support building new and replacement playgrounds.

The following districts have been approved for funding:

Southeast Kootenay School District (SD 5)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Isabella Dicken Elementary

Kootenay Lake School District (SD 8)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Winlaw Elementary

Kootenay-Columbia School District (SD 20)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Castlegar Primary

Central Okanagan School District (SD 23)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Rutland Elementary
  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Shannon Lake Elementary

Cariboo Chilcotin School District (SD 27)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Tatla Lake Elementary-Junior Secondary

Chilliwack School District (SD 33)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Unsworth Elementary

Abbotsford School District (SD 34)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Jackson Elementary
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Upper Sumas Elementary

Langley School District (SD 35)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Glenwood Elementary
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Nicomekl Elementary

Surrey School District (SD 36)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Goldstone Park Elementary
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Strawberry Hill Elementary
  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Westerman Elementary

Delta School District (SD 37)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at McCloskey Elementary

Richmond School District (SD 38)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Grauer Elementary
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Kidd Elementary

Vancouver School District (SD 39)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at John Norquay Elementary
  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at University Hill Elementary
  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Waverley Elementary

Burnaby School District (SD 41)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Maywood Community
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Second Street Community
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Sperling Elementary

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD 42)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Highland Park Elementary

Coquitlam School District (SD 43)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Central Elementary
  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Eagle Mountain Middle
  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Pleasantside Elementary

North Vancouver School District (SD 44)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Larson Elementary

Sunshine Coast School District (SD 46)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Roberts Creek Elementary

Sea to Sky School District (SD 48)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Brackendale Elementary

Boundary School District (SD 51)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at West Boundary Elementary

Prince George School District (SD 57)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Valemount Elementary
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Van Bien Elementary

Peace River South School District (SD 59)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Moberly Lake Elementary

Peace River North School District (SD 60)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Duncan Cran Elementary

Greater Victoria School District (SD 61)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Braefoot Elementary
  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Eagle View Elementary

Sooke School District (SD 62)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Savoury Elementary

Saanich School District (SD 63)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Sidney Elementary

Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District (SD 68)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Gabriola Elementary

Qualicum School District (SD 69)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Bowser Elementary

Comox Valley School District (SD 71)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Airport Elementary

Campbell River School District (SD 72)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Penfield Elementary

Kamloops/Thompson School District (SD 73)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Aberdeen Elementary
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Oak Hills Primary/École Collines d’Or Primaire

Gold Trail School District (SD 74)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Kumsheen Elementary-Secondary

Cowichan Valley School District (SD 79)

  • $105,000 for an accessible playground at Alexander Elementary

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District (SD 83)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at Len Wood Middle

Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique School District (SD 93)

  • $90,000 for a standard playground at École Élementaire des Grands-Cedres (Port Alberni)
  • $90,000 for a standard playground at École Élementaire des Navigateurs (Richmond)
 
Contact:
 
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-8485
 

 
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