Outdoor Play Circuit
Created October 20, 2011 by Kids and our Community in Action!
Pitt River Community Middle School is located in Port Coquitlam, a community of approximately 55,000 people. We have 410 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Our school offers French Immersion (both early and late) and English studies.
Currently, the school has one piece of outdoor play equipment. It is a space net type and rated for use by 20 children at one time. The school also has outdoor basketball court, and a running track.
We wish to provide an outdoor fitness circuit for the students. This circuit will allow more students to be active at lunch break and before/after school. The teachers can use the equipment during the Physical Education classes, and for conditioning of the school sports teams.
A group of parents has volunteered to take on the design, fundraising and purchasing of the equipment. The committee will design a model that will allow the students to use the equipment for both enjoyment and physical exercise.
Outdoor activity plays a vital role in a child's learning and social development. We all know that children spend far too much time inside, watching television or playing video games. Students who engage in physical activities during nutrition and lunch breaks come back to class better prepared to learn. Exercising the body as well as the brain is a vital part of education.
Our goal is to purchase outdoor play equipment configured to an exercise circuit. We previously designed this circuit and obtained quotations. The lowest quote was $25,000. With the help of Aviva funding, our playground could be underway by fall of 2012
Our structure choices will be made with safety and longevity in mind. Once installed, maintenance of the equipment becomes the responsibility of the School District. These two criteria will ensure that the circuit will last for generations.
Likelihood of Success
The creation of our Fitness Circuit involves spirited children and supportive parents. We have previously submitted grant applications, but with so many worthy projects, we have not received any grant funds. The enthusiasm of the parents, students, and school staff has not waned despite the expense necessary to achieve our goal.