Vancouver is known for its expansive play spaces that cater to an active community.
It’s clear that an active lifestyle is a valued commodity. After all, we somehow manage to nestle areas of play into some of the busiest parts of our city. Take for example the Emery Barnes Park, which stands in the thick of Yaletown’s sidewalks filled with busy urban professionals. Or gems like the Coopers’ Park Playground that takes shelter from the rain under the constant hum of traffic from the Cambie Bridge.
Also consider all other types of play spaces like community centres, gymnasiums, splash pads, bicycle paths, after-school program facilities, skateparks, and much more. Given their popularity, wear and tear is inevitable. Equipment gets lots of love from kids who pull, run, and climb on different pieces that may eventually require repainting or an eventual replacement.
BCAA saw the need to refurbish well-used play spaces to ensure kids stay safe with dependable structures. The result was the launch of its Play Here Initiative, a project created to keep kids safe in our communities.
British Columbians are being offered the opportunity to have their say on a play space they believe should be refurbished- one lucky winner will receive up to $100,000 to revitalize their chosen play space.
The process is simple: a judging panel consisting of BCAA community managers, news personalities, and building experts will select the top five finalists, signalling the public to vote on their favourite play space.
Take a look around your surroundings to nominate a play space in your community by clicking here. The shortlist will be announced in May for British Columbians to have their final say.