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Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief (Back row, at right) and Point Douglas Coun. Mike Pagtakhan (centre left, in brown jacket) announce funding for a new playground at King Edward School along with students and (from left) Vice-Principal Michelle Sacco and Principal Aaron Benarroch.

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Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief (Back row, at right) and Point Douglas Coun. Mike Pagtakhan (centre left, in brown jacket) announce funding for a new playground at King Edward School along with students and (from left) Vice-Principal Michelle Sacco and Principal Aaron Benarroch. Photo Store

The smiles on the kids’ faces said it all.  They were happy to hear that what they had worked so hard towards was going to happen — a new playground will be built at King Edward School.

It was a pleasure, as the MLA for Point Douglas, to announce along with Point Douglas Coun. Mike Pagtakhan, a joint investment of $100,000 for a new playground and recreation area at King Edward School, funded by the Building Communities Initiative Phase II partnership between the Manitoba Government and the City of Winnipeg.  

The province and city developed this multi-year, cost-shared capital initiative to support community revitalization in older neighbourhoods by improving local infrastructure.

We made the announcement on-site where the new playground will be built along with all of the King Edward School students, principal Aaron Benarroch, vice-principal Michelle Sacco, staff, and community members.  Plans for the new playground include an open play and games area, a picnic site, an amphitheatre, a hill with a slide and many smaller play structures such as swings, spinners and a climbing net.

King Edward School is a vital part of the North End and this new playground will be geared to the needs of the local children and their families. Projects like this support healthy active lifestyles, making a tangible difference in our quality of life.  

"As a parent and member of this community, my family and I know first-hand how much this project will mean to our neighbourhood," said Sue Keller, King Edward School Parent Advisory committee member.  

"This project will be a welcoming place for Point Douglas families and it’s great to see our two years of hard work as a community start to pay off with help from the province and the city."

The school and community have been busy fundraising locally for the playground. Everyone has contributed in some way from selling caramel apples to one student even donating her birthday money.  

I commend everyone for all their hard work. We are proud to be a part of this community drive to help make this wonderful project a reality!

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