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Winners of the KOMPAN Grant Program

For the first time KOMPAN, Inc. has carried out a Matched Funding Grant campaign in Canada. For the Matched Funding Grant Campaign, KOMPAN focuses on aiding community groups, schools and cities in amplifying the impact of allocated dollars toward inclusive play areas or interactive fitness spaces. The grant application process required that groups provide detailed information on their organizations, their missions and their goals for the new fitness or playground areas.

We are excited to announce that three BC communities have won $10,000 towards the purchase of their new playground equipment.  CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners!

Sensisyusten School is part of the Westbank First Nation located in Westbank BC.  They offer Junior Kindergarten to Grade Five. Sensisyusten is open to all students, aboriginal, and non-aboriginal living on and off reserve.  They are hoping for a new play space for kids to get outside and move for gross and fine motor development. They also want to see a new accessible playground where parents and community members want to come and get outside and play with their children.

Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Academy is a non-denominational Christian school located in Comox BC. The school is characterized by excellence in academics, creativity in the performing arts, and a warm, welcoming attitude toward people from all walks of life. The school wants to remove barriers and build an inclusive and accessible playground for children of varied abilities. They would also like to give back to the surrounding community and promote this relationship for years to come.

 

The City of Port Moody has experienced significant population growth – from 18,216 people in 1991 to approximately 34,000 currently. The existing playground at Westhill Park was constructed in 1986 (33 years ago!). The City is hoping to have a new, safe playground that meets current CSA standards and provides a much-needed amenity for the community of Port Moody. The new playground should have an inclusive universal design that enables and encourages children to play and discover. The playground should offer a fun and interesting way for families to interact with one another and help to provide a much-needed break from screen time and the business of everyday life.

Kid’s Talk

Our Sales Rep Jeff Kuby was invited to talk to kids at Holy Trinity School about playground designing.  He received a great big Thank You along with a list of things the kids took away from his playground planning session!

Playground Planning SessionPlayground Planning with kids

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?

Read the entire article 

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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