NDP MLA Jennifer Whiteside says funding for new playground will mean more fun for kids in New Westminster

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NEW WESTMINSTER – New Democrat MLA Jennifer Whiteside says a new accessible playground is on the way for students at Lord Kelvin Elementary.

“Outdoor play is as essential to kids’ learning and development as learning in the classroom,” said Jennifer Whiteside, MLA for New Westminster. “I’m so happy kids at Lord Kelvin Elementary will get a new playground where they can play together safely.”

This year, the New Democrat government is providing funding for 26 new playgrounds in 26 school districts around B.C. Each district is receiving $195,000. The playgrounds will all be designed to be accessible for children of all abilities.

Since 2018, the government has built new playgrounds at 282 schools, benefiting over 70,000 students. Every school district has received at least one playground since the program started in 2018, and some schools received funding for multiple playgrounds for their communities to enjoy.

Building new accessible playgrounds is part of the government’s priority to ensure students have positive learning and play spaces, no matter where they live.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2024ECC0062-000836