NDP MLA says Chilliwack students will have more places to play with new accessible playground

April 29, 2022 at 1:59 pm  Politics, Provincial

CHILLIWACK– New Democrat MLA Kelli Paddon say students at Promontory Heights Elementary will soon be playing on a new accessible playground, thanks to $165,000 in provincial funding.

“All children deserve to play. This new playground at Promontory Heights continues our government’s commitment to making sure children have safe and accessible places to play, and will bring so much joy to families in the neighbourhood,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent

This year, New Democrats are investing $5 million in 30 new accessible playgrounds for 24 school districts across the province. The structures will include features like ground cover and ramps to ensure there’s a place for students of all abilities to play. The playgrounds will be designed and built over the next year.

Playgrounds help kids stay active outdoors while learning to share, build conflict resolution skills and overcome challenges. Playing outside reduces anxiety and improve focus, helping kids to learn in the classroom.

This funding comes from the Playground Equipment Program, which New Democrats created in 2018 to reduce the burden of fundraising on parents and help communities that don’t have the fundraising capacity to buy the playground equipment students need. Since 2018, the New Democrat government has invested $30 million to fund 231 new playgrounds at schools throughout the province, benefiting more than 57,000 students.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022ECC0032-000671

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