ESR gets $50,000 for playground

Provincial government contributed total of $8-million B.C.-wide towards playgrounds

Mission’s Edwin S. Richards Elementary School is getting $50,000 for its playground from a $3.3-million provincial fund.

According to a government release, this round of money is the final phase in an $8-million total of playground funding commitments, and brings the number of schools benefiting from the two-year program to 227.

For the first phase of the program, the B.C. government provided more than $2 million to 23 school districts for new playground equipment at 41 schools without playgrounds. Under the second phase, 106 parent advisory councils in 34 school districts were reimbursed over $2.4 million for the purchase of new playground equipment.

The addition and renewal of playground equipment at schools throughout B.C. will promote active and healthy lifestyles by ensuring students and communities have access to safe and modern playground facilities, read the release.