Bored kids? This could be the answer

This will make it easy to get the kids off the couch this summer

Sponsored by BCAA | Impress Branded Content

Are you searching for something to ease your kids’ boredom this summer?

Getting out into the fresh air is not only excellent exercise for children, it also lets their imaginations develop and new friendships form.

Playgrounds are the perfect option for a family outing, especially for kids in Lillooet and Victoria, who will soon have a better place to play thanks to winning the first annual BCAA Play Here initiative.

In a surprise double-win, both communities will receive $100,000 play space transformations – at Lillooet Recreation, Education & Cultural Centre and Victoria’s Torquay Elementary School – delivered by BCAA Play Here and its partners.

Torquay Elementary school playground in Victoria

Three other finalists – Windsor Elementary in Burnaby, Crawford Bay Community Park near Nelson, and Vancouver’s General Brock Elementary – will each get a $20,000 contribution towards their projects.

The two winners were among more than 500 play space nominations from across B.C. The public cast more than 300,000 votes to decide which of the five finalists should receive the $100,000 play space revitalization.

“Lillooet and Victoria were neck and neck through the voting period, frequently swapping the lead,” said Shawn Pettipas, BCAA’s community manager. “We ultimately decided to declare two winners and found a way to deliver exciting new play spaces to children in both communities.”

Lillooet Rec Centre playground

Earlier this year, BCAA announced BC Play Here, an annual community investment initiative that rejuvenates play areas in B.C. to make them better for children. In May, a judging panel decided on the five finalists and the public voted for the winner, which, in this case, was so close that two winners were chosen.

BCAA’s mandate is to protect kids in B.C. with initiatives including education and resources for school safety patrollers across the province, educating thousands of people on the proper use and installation of car seats, donating car seats to families in need, giving kids reflective armbands at Halloween so they are more visible to drivers and providing BCAA Members with signs to encourage safer driving in residential areas.

To learn more about BCAA’s Play Here Initiative, visit bcaaplayhere.com.

Thanks to Evo and BCAA Members, kids in British Columbia are able to spend more time being active outside in fun and safe environments.

Just Posted

Greater Victoria writer releases first novel inspired by U.S. school shootings

Dear Mr. President tells thought provoking story of victims left behind

Saanich mayor joins fight to protect local wildlife from rat poisoning after second owl dies

Mayor Fred Haynes to meet with provincial, federal pest control industry representatives

Sidney fire responds to fewer but more severe calls during pandemic

Rise in severity linked to changes in routine during COVID-19 pandemic

Saanich police see spike in excessive speeding compared to previous years

Nearly 100 excessive speeders caught since January 2020

Colwood branch drop-off to continue throughout summer

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world of summer sports

In a typical year, there are plenty of summer sporting events and tournaments held across Canada

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Surrey mayor’s party under fire for ‘sickening’ tweet accusing northern B.C. RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

Most Read