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It was an honour to be a part of the team that made the building of the Dragonfly Splash Park a reality for our community.   The choice to build a Splash Park met many of our local priorities around promoting physical activity, creating safe outdoor play environments for young children and promoting the community as a whole as family-centred.  The splash park has become a wonderful, fun place and its play value has exceeded my expectations from the first day it opened.

 

Heather Adamson

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New Ideas for Fundraising

The Play and Playground Magazine has some fundraising tips.

While bake sales and bottle drives might still be important ways to raise funds for a new playground, spray park or sports court, the Playground Pros magazine has identified new and innovative fundraising ideas that people need to consider.

Option #1: Online Fundraising – Crowdfunding is a popular way to get the community on board and supporting a new play space.

Option #2: Contract Purchasing – A supply arrangement allows communities to purchase products at reduced prices. 

Option #3: Leasing – When you can’t come up with all the funds, perhaps leasing is an option?

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Talk and Tour Forsyth Park

JUNE 12th 2018
11:00am – 2:00pm

Forsyth ParkMICKELLA SJOQUIST
Talks Design and Principles

From 12:00-12:45 join Mickella Sjoquist, BCSLA intern with the City of Surrey as she presents the design principles and construction process for the TD Nature Play Area in Forsyth Park.

OBSERVE THE KIDS PLAY!
As a school field trip, students from two Surrey schools will play in the park from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Observing kids at play helps us learn how they interact with each other and their surroundings. We are better able to design playgrounds where kids want to play.

ENJOY A PICNIC IN THE PARK
You deserve a break! As Mickella talks park design enjoy a lunch on us, watch the kids play and chat with colleagues.

Transportation from the Skytrain is available. Contact us to arrange pickup.

10632 – 139th Street
Surrey, BC
V3T 4L7

Village hopes water park will help attract young families

After over three years of fundraising, bit-by-bit, the Village of Chase in B.C.’s Interior is finally getting a splash pad.

The new facility is an attempt by locals to attract more young people and families to the community at the western end of the Shuswap region.

Fundraising leader Beverly Iglesias says that’s needed so “the community continues to live and thrive.”Water Park in Chase

Chase doesn’t offer enough services and amenities for young people which becomes problematic for the seniors in the village, said Iglesias, adding she’s nearing senior-status.

“Who is going to take care of us?” she said.

The equipment is being manufactured by Kelowna’s own Waterplay Solutions and supplied by RecTec Industries.  Construction begins May 1st.

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Canadian Tire JUMPSTART ACCESSIBILITY GRANTS

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.  The Jumpstart Accessibility Grants are intended to support capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility to, and inclusivity in recreation facilities for children with disabilities in Canadian communities.  Funding is available to:

  • Municipalities and public recreation centres/facilities
  • Schools with publically accessible facilities
  • Community organizations with publicly accessible recreation facilities (e.g.: YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc)
  • Public recreation spaces owned and operated by private Foundations

There are 2 funding streams within the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants:

  1. Accessibility-Enabling Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants up to $50,000 for projects designed to help organizations enable general accessibility within their facilities. Where possible, applications should demonstrate evidence of matching funds or in-kind support from Federal/Provincial/Territorial and/or municipal governments. Up to 14 Accessibility-Enabling Grants will be awarded annually;
  2. Inclusive Design Innovation Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion & accessibility for children of different abilities. On an annual basis, jumpstart will award:
a. Up to four grants valued at $250,000
b. Up to two grants valued at $500,000
c. Two grants valued at $1,000,000
HOW TO APPLY
Eligible organizations must submit an application application online for funding by Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. Applicants must include details of user-group and/or community stakeholder consultations as well as letters of endorsement from user groups and/or community stakeholders.

A park or greenspace within a five-minute walk of all residents? What a brilliant idea.

Globe & Mail article talks about BC city parks updating to reflect changing lifestyles. The article features great information about how we are changing the way we design play and public spaces for all residents.

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

“More and more people today live in multifamily housing. More and more kids don’t have access to backyards. So, really, parks are becoming critical and essential to rediscovering the outdoors,” said Andre Isakov, the city’s park planning and design manager.

Natural playgrounds, soccer, cricket and pickleball are all finding their way into new play space designs.

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