Playground Development Receives Huge Boost
Break out the boots and shovels. Co-op is building Stony Plain’s community spaces with $35,000 in funding — and possibly more with your help — for new playground equipment. Co-op Community Spaces Program, launched this past spring, is donating $1 million this year to fund projects related to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture across Western Canada. The High Park School Parent Advisory League’s playground rejuvenation project is one of 16 being funded in 2015.
“Co-op continues to make life better by investing in our local economy and giving back with programs such as Co-op Community Spaces,” said Ed Berney, North Central Co-op General Manager. “We look forward to seeing the completed project, which will be a great place to come together as a community.”
"I would like to take the opportunity to thank the FCL for all of the support that they have provided thus far in our project," said High Park's Principal Bryn Spence.
"As a school we are truly looking forward to working with them in the coming months as voting is underway. Increasingly, as a society, we are realizing the importance of out door play and providing children with ways to explore the world around them in different ways. A playground is an essential piece of this exploration and we are looking forward to continuing to work with our Parent Advisory League to make a new playground at High Park a reality."
The program provides between $25,000 and $100,000 in funding for eligible projects. Applications were received between April 1 and May 15 and reviewed for various criteria, including environmental impacts, community need and accessibility.
“This is such a huge break for us and we are so thankful to Co-op,” said Corrie Coombs, Playground Chair, High Park Parent’s Advisory League. “Their contribution and invitation to join the online contest will help us reach our goal sooner than anticipated. Our community members, especially the children, are excited about the High Park Playground Redevelopment and are so looking forward to enjoying the new space in the spring.”
The existing school playground at High Park School has been in place for 20 years. Left untouched, some pieces of equipment are beginning to deteriorate, while others have already been removed from the play area. The Parent Advisory League plans to replace the existing equipment and build a safe, reliable and exciting playground that can be enjoyed by a new generation of young families.
The Spaces Race is On
Four projects have been selected as finalists and are vying for an additional $25,000 in funding. An online vote Sept. 14-25 will determine the winner. Stony Plain’s playground project will be competing with a community greenhouse (Nanaimo, B.C.), a town square (Nipawin, Sask.) and a community rain garden (Winnipeg, Man.).
To view the Stony Plain project story and vote for the Parent Advisory League to win an additional $25,000 — or to view the list of the 16 community projects receiving funding — visit www.communityspaces.ca.
About North Central Co-op
North Central Co-op has served our members since 1946. Starting out as a meat locker plant, it has grown and evolved to a Co-op stretching from Fort Saskatchewan to the British Columbia border. North Central Co-op continues to support the communities in which it operates in through sponsorships and supporting local events. Each year, it contributes over $100,000 to make its communities better. North Central prides itself on customer service and invites you to visit a location closest to you. When you visit, we want you to feel that “You’re at home here.”