North Island Parents’ Efforts Pay Off: Three New Playgrounds Approved

Heroic Fund-raising Efforts Produce Three New North Island Playgrounds

The province has just announced they’ll invest nearly $600,000 in building three epic new playgrounds on North Isle

Playgrounds are like magic when you’re a kid.

They’re also like magic to parents who want to sit back and let their kids entertain themselves for an hour.

That’s why many North Island parents have spent hours putting together fundraisers and advocating for more playgrounds in remote areas.

These dedicated parents can finally take time to relax, as the BC government has heard their call.

The government announced this May they’ll spend nearly $600,000 to build three epic new accessible playgrounds on North Isle.

Kids near Alert Bay Elementary, Captain Meares Elementary-Secondary in Tahsis, and Pinecrest Elementary in Campbell River are looking forward to these new playgrounds by spring 2024.

“[These] are spaces where [kids] can be themselves and express their fun-loving nature,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care.

The money comes from the Playground Equipment Program. This year it is investing $5 million in 25 new accessible playgrounds across the province.

As North Island MLA Michele Babchuk told the North Island Gazette, the spaces will make a world of difference for many kids and parents of all abilities.

“Playgrounds help kids get outside and stay active while also teaching them the importance of friendship,” said Babchuk. “Our government values future generations, and part of this work means investing in accessible playgrounds that will welcome all kids.”