Cilaire Elementary School in Nanaimo is receiving $165,000 in playground equipment program funding, the B.C. government has announced. (News Bulletin file photo)

Cilaire Elementary School in Nanaimo is receiving $165,000 in playground equipment program funding, the B.C. government has announced. (News Bulletin file photo)

Province directs $165,000 for accessible playground at Nanaimo’s Cilaire Elementary

School is closed for seismic upgrades, but set to re-open in the fall

A school in Nanaimo that is undergoing renovations will have a new accessible playground when students return.

Cilaire Elementary School is receiving $165,000 from the B.C. government’s playground equipment program for play structures and accessible surfacing and ramps, allowing students of all abilities to play, said a press release.

The playground will be designed and built over the next year.

Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo MLA, said she and the government were pleased to direct the money for the project.

“Playgrounds are key for children to learn, share, get exercise, and most importantly, have fun,” Malcolmson said in the press release. “By funding a new accessible playground at Cilaire, we are making sure that more children can play safely and taking the burden of fundraising off of parents.”

The elementary school is also currently undergoing seismic upgrades and is expected to receive students and staff again for the 2022-23 school year.

The government created the playground equipment program in 2018 and since its inception, it has provided $30 million for 231 playgrounds, the press release stated.

READ ALSO: Seismic upgrades proceeding at Cilaire Elementary


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