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November 5, 2009
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Adapted Playground Climber Officially Opens
Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour
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Bush Dumville, MLA for West Royalty-Springvale, represented the Minster of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Hon. Carolyn Bertram, to officially open the new Adapted Playground Climber at West Royalty Elementary on Thursday, November 5, to the enthusiastic applause of students, parents and staff. The local Home and School Association received $37,500 in support of this project through the Province’s Island Community Fund.
“The Province is pleased to partner on this tremendous initiative that will contribute to the health and development of children and their families,” said MLA Bush Dumville. “This playground promotes sport, recreation, community spirit and gives parents the added pleasure of knowing that their children can play on this equipment regardless of their abilities.”
The realization of this project culminated three years of planning and fundraising by the students and parents. The large playground structure features wheelchair accessibility, a rubber synthetic undersurface and adapted activities at ground level that allow children of all abilities the opportunity to participate and enjoy.
The positioning of this climber on the school playground enhances the opportunities for students to play, get fit and have fun. The school playground continues to balance natural green space with playground infrastructure so that the students can have many experiences during their free time.
Principal Ken Gaudet applauded the local Home and School Association for their ongoing dedication to improving the quality of the school experience for the students.
Home and School President, Trudy Loveless, expressed her appreciation to the Provincial Government and the City of Charlottetown for their participation in the project; the City’s Recreation Department was singled out for their commitment in putting this structure together in such a timely manner.
The Island Community Fund is just one component of the over $80 million the province is investing in infrastructure for our one island community. For more information on the program, visit www.gov.pe.ca/go/infrastructure.