NDP MLA Leonard says funding for new playground will mean more fun for kids in Courtenay

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Courtenay – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says a new accessible playground is on the way for students at Valley View Elementary.

“This new playground will give kids a modern, accessible place to have fun, build friendships, and stay active,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “By supporting schools with playground funding, we’re also helping lift the burden to fundraise that previously fell upon parents.”

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.

Last year, Denman Island Community School, also in the Comox Valley School District, received funding for a playground that is now complete.

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 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