NDP MLA says funding for new playgrounds will mean more fun for kids on the North Island               

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NORTH ISLAND – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk says students at Alert Bay Elementary, Captain Meares Elementary-Secondary and Pinecrest Elementary will soon be playing on new accessible playgrounds, thanks to $195,000 each in provincial funding.

“Playgrounds help kids get outside and stay active while also teaching them the importance of friendship,” says Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “Our government values future generations, and part of this work means investing in accessible playgrounds that will welcome all kids.”

This year, New Democrats are investing $5 million in 25 new accessible playgrounds for 25 school districts across the province. Playgrounds are expected to be designed, built and installed in the next year.

Playgrounds help kids stay active outdoors while learning to cooperate, build conflict resolution skills, and overcome challenges. Playing outside reduces anxiety and improves focus, helping kids to learn in the classroom. This funding will reduce parent-led local fundraising that was previously needed to build playgrounds.

Since 2018, the New Democrat government has invested $35 million to fund 256 new playgrounds at schools throughout the province, benefiting more than 63,000 students.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28774