Make Our Dream a Reality
Created October 29, 2009 by South Slope/BCSD PAC Executive
Playground experience is an important part of physical and social development that all our children deserve an opportunity to enjoy.
Our goal is to provide a new playground and upgraded play surface that will ensure a safe and fully inclusive environment for all the children that attend South Slope Elementary and the BCSD (British Columbia School for the Deaf) as well as families within the community.
Our school provides services to both deaf and hearing students. We are also fortunate to have an on-site before-and-after school childcare facility, South Slope Out of School Care, operated by the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and a preschool for deaf children, run by the Deaf Children’s Society. Within the school’s catchment area there are also 7 pre-schools/daycare centres including Fairhaven Children’s Centre, Burnaby South Childcare Centre, Bee House Montessori Daycare, Bright Star Montessori School, My First Blanket Daycare and South Burnaby Preschool. A new playground would serve the many children attending these centres.
Our existing play structure does not meet the needs of our diverse student community. The antiquated play set and wood chip play surface do not provide safe access for children with limited mobility or those in wheelchairs. It is outdated and replacement parts are not available. An updated play set supported by wheelchair accessible resilient surfaces is exactly what is needed to accommodate the needs of each and every child that attends the school.
South Slope and BCSD PAC and Playground Committee has thoroughly researched and selected pieces for our future playground that would specifically meet the needs of all the children of our school and neighboring community. We have been fundraising for this project since 2006 and have thoroughly researched to plan a playground that is inclusive and accessible. Our Playground Committee continues to fundraise to support the purchase of this playground. This could take approximately 4 years to complete without outside grants like AVIVA Insurance. We were able to purchase and install a "Swayfun Wheelchair Glider" with ramps, guardrails and curbs., an equipment piece recommended by the Fraser Health Authority's occupational therapist. This is Phase 1 of our plan and its cost was over $27 000. The total cost for purchase and installation of Phases 2, 3 and 4 is $27 839.98, $30 723.08 and $41 729.82 respectively. The total cost of purchasing this versatile and invaluable playground is estimated at $100,000. For insurance purposes, Burnaby School District # 41 will need to place the purchase order and will absorb the cost of installation for the entire project. This would ensure that the project would be completed within 2010.
Please vote for our playground. This project will be a significant improvement to our neighbourhood and community overall. Thank you!