NDP MLAs Routley and Malcolmson say funding for new playground will mean more fun for kids in Nanaimo

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NANAIMO – New Democrat MLAs Doug Routley and Sheila Malcolmson say a new accessible playground is on the way for students at Mountain View Elementary.

“Playgrounds give kids the opportunity for creative play and help build skills like sharing and solving conflict,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “We’re supporting school districts with this funding so that more kids can enjoy modern, accessible play equipment and parents can spend less time fundraising.”

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.

“Children and parents in the Mountain View community will all benefit from this new playground,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “This funding will build a new, safer, and more accessible playground at Mountain View that the whole neighbourhood can enjoy!”

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/30991