Funding Granted for Two New Playgrounds
June 2, 2020 - Parkland School Division is pleased to announce that the provincial government has granted funding for two new playgrounds within the division, one at Prescott Learning Centre, and another that will accompany the future build of the replacement school for Stony Plain Central School.
“We are so excited to hear the fantastic news that Prescott will receive $150,000 in funding to create our playground,” said Karen Stride-Goudie, Principal of Prescott Learning Centre. “We appreciate the Minister of Education responding to the advocacy efforts of our Prescott Learning Centre Fundraising Foundation and our MLA Searle Turton.”
Prescott Learning Centre opened in the fall of 2016 and playground fundraising efforts have been ongoing. “We are thrilled to [finally] break ground on our long-awaited playground. It is so exciting to have students, staff, parents, community and government come together to make this project a reality,” said Michelle Kincheloe, president of the Prescott Learning Centre Fundraising Foundation.
Construction on the Prescott playground is expected to begin in the Spring of 2021. Due to the additional government funding the Division will be proceeding with a tendering process to ensure the best value possible for the division and for the parents of Prescott Learning Center is secured. The Stony Plain Central replacement school will receive $240,000 to complete their playground, which will be built at a later date.
Funds for these projects were made possible by the province’s recent expansion of its playground funding criteria. A total of twenty-six playground projects across Alberta will benefit from the $5 million boost in funding. This funding comes from the existing capital budget and will support 18 school divisions in building the new playgrounds, supplementing their fundraising efforts.
The additional funding is intended to address playgrounds at schools that were replaced on the same site as their original building and new school projects announced between April and December 2013 where the playground has not yet been built.
“Our new playground will have a positive impact on our students’ physical and mental well-being, as well as enhance their learning. It will also be a great place for children and families to play and gather” said Stride-Goudie.
For more information, please contact:
Principal, Prescott Learning Centre
Principal, Stony Plain Central School