A total of $5 million is being spent by the provincial government to build new school playgrounds in 34 school districts across BC.
The funding will allow for all of the new playgrounds to be built in time for the new school year starting in Fall 2019, with each playground costing about $100,000 each.
Within Metro Vancouver, this includes:
According to the provincial government, playgrounds are important for the well-being of a child’s development and learning, as these outdoor play areas encourage outdoor physical activity, help students learn how to share, overcome challenges, and help them focus and learn more effectively in the classroom.
Priority is given to schools where there is no playground, then to schools where the existing playground is ageing.
This follows the provincial government’s initial investment last year of allocating $5 million for the first 51 playgrounds under BC’s Playground Equipment Program. All of these initial playgrounds have been completed.