New Westminster school granted $125,000 in playground funding

An elementary school in New Westminster has been approved for new provincial funding for a playground.

Queen Elizabeth Elementary is on a list of 40 B.C. schools that are receiving the funding “towards purchasing a new, accessible playground.”

The funding is a $25,000 increase for each playground from last year's program, said a news release.

"Now more than ever, outdoor play is incredibly important for our kids. I'm proud that students throughout the province have access to the outdoors on safe, accessible and modern playground equipment thanks to these investments," said Rob Fleming, minister of education, in a statement. "The PEP relieves parents of the burden of fundraising for playground equipment, so they can focus on their kids."

School districts have the opportunity to apply for the funding by sending a list of priorities in their capital plan submissions in June of each year.

“Playgrounds are funded based on greatest need,” said a news release. “Priority is given to schools where there is no playground at all, then to schools where the existing playground is aging. School districts that did not receive funding this year may receive it next year if they reapply.”

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