Children across Vancouver Island and BC will soon get to play on brand new playgrounds, according to an announcement made by the province today.
The Ministry of Education will soon begin construction on 50 new playgrounds across 34 school districts, including Braefoot Elementary and Eagle View Elementary in Victoria, Sidney Elementary in the Saanich school district, Savoury Elementary in Sooke, and Gabriola Elementary in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district .
School districts in the Comox Valley, Cowichan, and Campbell River will also receive one new playground each.
A full list of all the schools in BC that are receiving new playgrounds can be found online here.
- These 10 Vancouver Island schools will be getting new playgrounds
- B.C. students will have access to more extra curricular activities this year
“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 Rob Fleming, Minister of Education in a release.
“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.”
Funding for the playgrounds comes from the province’s Playground Equipment Program which is investing $5 million this year. Construction on the projects will begin soon and all the new playgrounds are expected to be ready for kids to use by Fall 2019.
Thank you for the wonderful welcome @maywoodSD41 & @burnabyschools— Rob Fleming (@Rob_Fleming) March 15, 2019
For the second year in a row, we’re providing $5m for new playgrounds, so kids like these will have fun & safe places to play & learn.#bced pic.twitter.com/vPQe1GOmVn