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Students and families at Eagle View Elementary School in View Royal now have access to a brand new playground funded by the province’s Playground Equipment Program.

The PEP investment of $105,000 is part of their $10 million initiative that has led to upgrades at over 100 outdoor playgrounds across the province. 

See also: New accessible playground opens at Sidney Elementary 

The program was created to relieve parents of the burden of fundraising for outdoor play equipment at BC schools, and communities which also lack the finances to build them.

“Playgrounds bring our students and community together and play an important role in helping youth develop fundamental skills. In the playground, children can joyfully interact and use their imaginations while building positive social, physical and cognitive behaviours,” said Ann Whiteaker, vice-chair of the Greater Victoria Board of Education.

“We need to ensure that this experience is available for all youth. We are very excited to introduce accessible play equipment at Eagle View Elementary today because our school district continuously strives to create inclusive spaces where each child has the opportunity to learn, grow and play.”

To receive a new playground, school districts must apply for the funding by sending a list of priorities in their capital plan submissions in June each year.

Schools without playgrounds are often selected first, and those with existing old equipment in need of replacement are next on the list.