Wednesday December 7, 2011
BC Gov't News
Playground Money Coming Back
Liberals not playing around when it comes to three Chilliwack
Released by Marc Wang, BC Gov't Caucus
Advisory Councils (PACs) at three Chilliwack public schools are
receiving a total of $62,500 in reimbursements for playground
equipment. The funding is part of $2.4 million to reimburse PACs
throughout the province that recently purchased playground equipment
with funds they raised.
"These playgrounds are essential additions to our schools. For many
students, they are the centrepiece of their school, and playing on
them is the highlight of their day," said Chilliwack MLA John Les in
a news release Wednesday.
The following schools in School District 33 (Chilliwack) will
receive a playground reimbursement for their PACs:
F.G. Leary Fine Arts Elementary ($7,500)
McCammon Traditional Elementary ($25,000)
Tyson Elementary ($30,000)
are an important part of helping kids develop active, healthy
lifestyles. I'm very pleased our PACs are receiving funds to help
renew and replace aging equipment," said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry
This reimbursement recognizes PACs for their hard work and
commitment to students.
This money is part of the $8-million over two years that Premier
Christy Clark announced in September for new playgrounds,
reimbursements, and playground upgrades, repairs and
School districts were asked to identify schools that had
purchased adventure-style playground equipment using PAC-raised
funds since January 1, 2011, which was eligible for
reimbursement under this program.
Based on school district input there are 102 public elementary
and middle schools that are eligible to receive a reimbursement
towards PAC playground contributions. This spans across 31
Each PAC was eligible to receive up to a maximum of $50,000
depending on how much they contributed to the project.
School districts will be reimbursed directly by the Ministry of
Education, and will be responsible for ensuring their PACs are
The first round of funding supported 40 new playgrounds for
elementary and middle schools that were identified as not having
a playground but wanting one, for a total of $2 million.
The final phase of the playground program will see approximately
$3.6 million being distributed for high-priority playground
upgrades, repairs and replacements.
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PACs having concerns about the dollar amounts shown above, or the
eligibility of schools not listed, should contact their school
district directly. Contact information can be found
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