(File photo)

Savory Elementary receives $105,000 for new accessible playground

Langford project expected to be completed before coming school year

The Sooke School District has secured funding to replace an aging school playground thanks to the B.C. government’s $5 million annual playground fund.

“We’ve been very lucky to receive money for both of our replacements so far,” said board of education chair Ravi Parmar.

The district submitted a proposal to have Langford’s Savory Elementary playground replaced after staff were directed to do an inventory of playgrounds that needed upgrades.

ALSO READ: Sooke School District enrolment higher than anticipated

ALSO READ: New portables installed throughout SD62

“Poirier was one of our worst off last year and Savory as well, and so we’re excited to see those schools, which had older playgrounds, have those replaced,” he added. Ecole Poirier Elementary School has opened its playground after it received funds from the initiative last year.

The school district’s facilities crew could have the project complete as early as September 2019, in anticipation of the new school year.

Schools almost never receive money for playgrounds unless it’s a new development, Parmar said. Parent groups usually have had to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for new playgrounds.

ALSO READ: Disturbing Momo Challenge a ‘teachable moment’ social media expert says

“What’s really exciting is now telling PACs that you don’t have to do that, government has made the commitment to provide money to replace old playgrounds and build new playgrounds,” Parmar said.

swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

SD62

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke Arts Council opens first gallery

Classes available at new location

PHOTOS: Families, spectators wave goodbye to Navy Task Force from Victoria shorelines

HCMS Winnipeg and HCMS Regina sailing to Hawaiian training exercise, further deployments

COVID-inspired RV sales soaring on West Shore and beyond

Health restrictions, recommendations keep Vancouver Island vacationers closer to home

371 British Columbians battling COVID-19, health officials confirm

Thursday (Aug. 6) saw a second straight day of nearly 50 new confirmed cases

Cowichan RCMP use spike belts to end car chase — man in custody

The driver was arrested at the scene a short distance from his vehicle

COVID-19 tests come back negative for remote First Nation

“There are no suspected cases in the community at this time.”

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

UBC loses appeal on Fisheries Act convictions

BC Supreme Court upholds order to pay $1.55-million fine

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Acclaimed B.C. actor Brent Carver passes away

Carver, one of Canada’s greatest actors with a career spanning 40 years, passed away at home in Cranbrook

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Canucks blank Wild 3-0, take series lead in penalty-filled NHL qualifying clash

Jacob Markstrom stops 27 shots to lead Vancouver past Minnesota

Most Read