Fundraising & 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:
- 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;
- 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:
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.
“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.
Robert Haraga Hired as General Manager of Western Canada’s Leading Playground Equipment Suppliers: RecTec Industries and Playworks/Parkworks.
Kelowna, British Columbia – Jill White, President of Kinderplay Designs announces the hiring of new General Manager, Robert (Rob) Haraga, to oversee operations for RecTec Industries and Playworks/Parkworks, effective immediately.
Rob comes to the playground industry after a successful 30 year career in management at Canada’s retail giants Sears, Wal-Mart and XS Cargo. In his new role, Rob will leverage his extensive background working in multi-billion dollar, publicly-traded companies to execute a business strategy for growth across Western Canada. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of both agencies, Rob will lead, coach and supervise staff to ensure ongoing quality performance and service. “Rob has terrific interpersonal skills coupled with a process driven, numbers focused, positive mindset. I am extremely excited to have Rob as part of our team” said President Jill White.
As a resident of Edmonton, Alberta, Rob will be dividing his time between Edmonton with Playworks/Parkworks staff and Delta, British Columbia with the RecTec team. Susan Crawford will remain RecTec’s manager and will work closely with Rob as she transitions out of the industry and into new entrepreneurial endeavours. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from one of BC’s industry leaders”, says Rob, “Susan has been in the industry for over 30 years and has a lot of valuable knowledge to share.” You can connect with Rob on Linkedin, through email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 1.800.667.4264.
ABOUT RecTec Industries & Playworks/Parkworks
As divisions of Kinderplay Designs, RecTec Industries and Playworks/Parkworks have been offering innovative play and public space solutions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for over 30 years. Their motto “Children Come First” inspires their playground designs and influences the products they offer. Quality standards and innovation are values shared by both companies. To learn more, please visit our websites: RecTec Industries www.rectecindustries.com and Playworks/Parkworks www.playworks.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Jill White, President
250.712.3393 ext. 102
The new natural playground at Forsyth Park in Surrey is a huge hit with the local community. The play area integrates the natural surroundings and introduces kids to nature and all it has to offer. The playground is made from the Robinia wood which requires very little maintenance because of it natural properties.
The 100 Mile Waterpark Society is ready to make a splash after raising their goal of $220,000 in funds. The first step will be a lift station in Centennial Park with the South Cariboo Joint Committee (SCJC) giving it the green light. The endeavour has Jamie Hughes, president of the society, in good spirits, after spending roughly seven years funding for the project.
“It is worth it because I want to stay here and I have children,” she said.
“I love 100 Mile but it needs to be more family-friendly and that was the driving force behind it. I think I’d just like to see more activities geared towards younger families. We want to attract more professionals here too.”
Expected to have the ground broken sometime in May, weather permitting, Hughes does not anticipate any challenges for the project getting underway.
“I don’t expect any troubles,” said Hughes. “The group [RecTec Industries] we have been working with has built numerous water parks across the province so I really don’t see it being an issue.”
Read the full story in the 100 Mile Free Press