New playground coming to Vernon Elementary School – Vernon Morning Star
A Vernon elementary school is one of 30 schools across the province to receive $165,000 for a new playground.
Okanagan Landing Elementary will benefit from a new play facility thanks to BC’s Playground Equipment Program. Now in its fifth year, the program provides safe and accessible playgrounds to 30 schools and more than 7,000 students.
“Outdoor play is so important in a child’s development. Not only does it help build healthy habits and relationships, but it allows creativity and imagination to run wild. An accessible and fun place to play is something every child deserves,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MPP for Vernon-Monashee.
“For too long, parents have had to fundraise for the play equipment their children need. We’re changing that by funding new school playgrounds like this one at Okanagan Landing Elementary School, so families can spend less time on fundraisers and more quality time together.
The playgrounds will be designed, built and installed over the next year, the Ministry of Education and Child Care announced on Friday, April 29.
“Taking a break from the classroom and spending time outside to play gives children the opportunity to explore through play-based learning,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education and Child care. “We know it’s important for families to have space for children to play safely and that’s why our government is committed to supporting students with new accessible playgrounds during many years to come.
Play structures will include ground cover and ramps to allow students of all skill levels to play.
The BC government has invested $30 million in the Playground Equipment Program since its inception in 2018, serving more than 231 schools and 57,000 students.
By creating more outdoor play spaces, the aim is to encourage physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles while encouraging children to share and develop conflict resolution skills, the ministry said. .