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

May 16, 2023 at 3:12 pm  Politics, Provincial

CHILLIWACK – New Democrat MLA Dan Coulter says students at Bernard Elementary will soon be playing on a new accessible playground, thanks to $195,000 in provincial funding.

“Accessible playgrounds mean that all kids can feel included and benefit from playing outdoor with their peers whether it’s at recess, lunch or outside of school hours,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “It’s great to know that kids at Bernard Elementary will have a more accessible playground soon.”

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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