Hardisty Playground Project - Edmonton
Overview:“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
- Winston Churchill
Fortunately at Hardisty School we are full of optimists. In 2010, after a long and emotionally charged process, two east-Edmonton elementary schools were closed. Hardisty School, the local junior high, became a K-9 and children who had previously attended Capilano and Fulton Elementary schools were designated to attend Hardisty.
School staff and parents worked together to address a multitude of concerns and weather many challenging transitions. We are better and stronger for it. Hardisty is now a bustling and vibrant educational facility housing 630+ students. Three communities have come together through a difficult process to build on common values and create a welcoming environment for all students.
Some of the values we share include an appreciation of nature (we are minutes from the river valley), a love of learning (which we believe is enhanced through physical activity) and a culture of inclusion. These values have guided the design for a new playground – one more step in retro fitting a junior high to the needs of a much younger population.
As a nod to our junior high students who have been so welcoming to their younger counterparts we have chosen many pieces of outdoor fitness equipment for the expanded playground. Our very capable physical education teachers will teach these students how to use the equipment for circuit training. Adjacent to our school is Hardisty Pool which features a small but heavily used weight room. The outdoor fitness equipment at the park will likely alleviate some congestion in the pool fitness center and be used by teens and adults alike in off hours.
The playground will cost $301,000. We have raised $58,700 so far. This includes generous donations of $10,000 from Capilano Community League and a $20,600 grant from Alberta Recycling. We are asking for $75,000 from Aviva to bring our total raised to $133,700 at which time we will apply for a CFEP grant. They will match up to $125,000. Our school continues to fundraise throughout the year and we are confident we will be ready to build in summer 2013.
A huge thank you to Aviva for bettering communities across Canada. We hope many more corporations will follow your example.
And to voters – thank you for considering our project. There are many very worthy ideas presented here. We do hope you will vote for us daily. Please return often and invite your friends to vote for Hardisty’s Playground!