New playground for Brooklands School

$150,000 project to be built on June 26

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What was originally pegged as a three-year playground improvement project at at a north Winnipeg school could end up being completed in as little as 50 days.

Brooklands School is the first in the province to benefit from Let Them Be Kids Helping Hand, a national awards program that will fast track a new playground for the kindergarten to Grade 5 school and surrounding community.

The city will provide $60,000 towards the project which will be matched by the Let Them Be Kids program.

Rob Brown Brooklands School principal Rex Ferguson-Baird received an enthusiastic greeting from students at a May 6 assembly for the school’s new playground structure that is expected to be completed by June. (Inset) Coun. Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands) was on hand to present $60,000 towards the $150,000 project.

The total cost of the project is expected to be about $150,000, meaning the school needs to raise half of the remaining $30,000 in funding needed to complete the playground upgrades.

“For every dollar we raise, they will match it,” Brooklands principal Rex Ferguson-Baird said during a kick-off assembly at the school last week.

Brooklands’ current playground equipment is 20 years old and no longer useable. School officials and parents have been considering upgrades to it since October 2008 and began reviewing options earlier this year.

“We were looking at a few options parents began brainstorming and it was looking like a two or three year project,” he said.

Ferguson-Baird said enthusiasm for the project amongst students has increased dramatically following Let Them Be Kids became a funding partner. Students have really jumped on board in helping create a vision for the new structures.

“Some of our students toured other schools, noting what they liked and what they didn’t for what they’d like to see at Brooklands,” he said.

Coun. Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands) said the project is a great example of how the city and community groups can work together.

“It is important for the city to partner with the school division and individual schools on work like this,” he said.

“This new playground will make a difference to the community as a whole in terms of recreation.”

Ferguson-Baird said even though there is still lots of fundraising work to do, the city’s donation was a huge boost.

Rob Brown

Andrea Kamp, a member of the school’s playground renewal parent committee, said the new playground will have something for everyone.

“Now our job is get out there and fundraise some more,” she said.

Parent Crystal Huntrods, whose two children will attend the school this fall, said the a recent unveiling of what the play structure will look like was an exciting moment.

“It was great to hear the kids cheer at seeing what is coming,” she said.

The biggest cheer came towards the end of the school assembly, when Ferguson-Baird announced the construction timeline.
“On June 26, at 4 p.m., you will be playing on it,” he told them.

Live progress on the project will be available at http://ltbkbrooklands.blogspot.com.

rob.brown@canstarnews.com

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