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NDP MLA says funding for new playground will mean more fun for kids in Canyon

May 16, 2023 at 3:50 pm  Politics, Provincial

CANYON – New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson says students at Canyon-Lister Elementary will soon be playing on a new accessible playground, thanks to $195,000 in provincial funding.

“Playgrounds help our kids stay active and healthy, which allows them to build essential social skills while they’re having fun. I’m thrilled that Canyon-Lister Elementary is part of the Playground Equipment Program as this funding will ensure that our kids continue to have a lively and safe place to play for years to come.”

This year, New Democrats are investing $5 million in 25 new accessible playgrounds for 25 school districts across the province. Playgrounds are expected to be designed, built and installed in the next year.

Playgrounds help kids stay active outdoors while learning to cooperate, build conflict resolution skills, and overcome challenges. Playing outside reduces anxiety and improves focus, helping kids to learn in the classroom. This funding will reduce parent-led local fundraising that was previously needed to build playgrounds.

Since 2018, the New Democrat government has invested $35 million to fund 256 new playgrounds at schools throughout the province, benefiting more than 63,000 students.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28774

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