Yay! The top 6 finalists have been chosen!

Now it's up to you! Vote for the play space you'd like to see revitalized.

The top 3 winning play spaces will each receive revitalizations worth up to $100,000 and thanks to Evo Car Share, the remaining finalists will receive runner-up prizes of $30,000 (4th place), $20,000 (5th place) and $10,000 (6th place)!

Remember to share your favourite play space with your friends and family so they can vote too!

Meet the 6 Finalists

in alphabetical order

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FAQs

1. What type of play spaces are eligible to be nominated?

BCAA is looking for play spaces around the province that are in need of an update. Play spaces can be more than just playgrounds - it could a community garden, outdoor classroom, basketball court, youth program facility or even a music room - if it's a place to play, gather and learn, we want to know how it can be improved and how it will impact your community.

2. How can I nominate a play space?

Just click on the “Nominate” button found on our homepage and complete the application. Before you begin, take a look at the Nomination Form Questions and read our top tips on what makes a strong application to give you the best chance of success.

3. If we nominated our community play space in previous years, are we able to reapply for the current year and future BCAA Play Here programs?

Absolutely! All communities are encouraged to submit a nomination.

4. What makes a strong nomination?

Check out our Nomination Tips and Nomination Form Questions to help you put together a strong nomination.

5. Can I edit my nomination after I have submitted it?

Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or change your nomination so please make sure you review the full application before submission.

6. I submitted a nomination, when should I expect to see it on bcaaplayhere.com?

Upon submission of a nomination, you will receive a verification email. Once you have verified your nomination, if the submission is approved by the Play Here moderators, you can expect it to be posted on the BCAA Play Here website within 72hours.

7. How do the judges narrow down the nominations to the finalists?

The judges will carefully review all nominations between April 29th and June 2nd and select the top 6 finalists. They will be looking for the most compelling entries based on the following criteria and weightings:

  • The impact the new space will have in the community (50%)
  • Practicality and complexity of the project (30%)
  • Description of how the $100,000 revitalization will be used (10%)
  • Quality, creativity and effort put into the entry (10%)

8. How many times can I vote?

Each voter can vote every day if they like. Vote once (and only once) on each and all of the following platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google
  • Email

9. Who is eligible to vote?

Anyone who is 19 years of age or older and a resident of British Columbia can vote.

10. Will I get notified after every vote I submit?

You will not get notified every time you vote but each and every one of your votes will get counted and the BCAA Play Here website will be updated every 24 hours so keep your eyes on the finalists play spaces to see how they rank! Each time you use your email address to vote, you will be required to verify your email before the vote will be counted.

11. I’m having issues with voting using Google/Twitter/Facebook/email.

From time to time, voting issues can arise depending on an individual’s settings on their device, applications, and/or browser. If you’re experiencing issues with voting in a specific scenario, please ensure you try the following trouble-shooting tips:

  • Try to vote via another browser or device. (i.e. if having issues voting on mobile, try a desktop or try a different browser on your device)
  • Go to bcaaplayhere.com to vote directly from your browser using your preferred voting method instead of clicking a link from within another app like Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.
  • Review your privacy settings to ensure you haven’t de-authorized 3rd party apps within your preferred voting method or blocked the request previously.
  • Check to see if you have an ad-blocking plug-in which is blocking the request to vote.
  • Clear cache and cookies. Sometimes these can become corrupted and need to be cleared out.
  • Switch to a different network if the network you’re currently on blocks social sites (i.e. switch to LTE instead of public WIFI for example).
  • If voting by email, ensure you have entered your email address correctly.
  • Ensure you check your junk/spam mail folder to verify your email address – this has to be done every time an email is used to vote.

If you’ve tried all the above trouble-shooting methods and are still experiencing issues, let us know at playhere@bcaa.com but please ensure you include the following information:

  • Description of your issue
  • If voting via email method, the email used to vote
  • Device used (i.e. iPhone, Android, laptop, desktop, etc.
  • Device connectivity (i.e. wifi, hardwire LAN, mobile LTE/4G/2G)
  • Device platform (i.e. iOS, Google, Android)
  • Browser used and version number
  • Screenshot(s) of what you see/don’t see

12. How is the winner chosen?

The 3 nominations with the highest number of votes will each receive a revitalization worth up to $100,000 and runner-up prizes will be awarded to the remaining finalists. In the event of a tie, those tied entries will be re-judged by the judging panel and a winner selected.

13. When will the winners be announced?

The top 3 winners and runner-ups will be announced on July 2, 2019 on Global News Morning BC and through BCAA social media.

14. What prizes are available this year?

This year the top 3 winning play spaces will each receive revitalizations worth up to $100,000 and thanks to Evo Car Share, the runner-ups will receive prizes too!

15. I have questions, who can I ask?

If you cannot find the answer to your question in these FAQ’s and need further information, feel free to email us at playhere@bcaa.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

16. What methods are allowed to be used to gain votes?

We see communities doing well by working together to promote their story within their community and across the province. Groups have used a variety of approaches to widely share their story and inspire other British Columbians to vote for their play space projects. Some examples: social media, media coverage, raffles/contests ($50 or less in value), community events or personal networking — these activities do fall within the Rules and Regulations.

17. How are votes verified to make sure they fall within the rules?

The integrity of the BCAA Play Here initiative is the most important thing to us at BCAA. We use current contest management best practices. Throughout the voting period, we continuously monitor and validate votes through both automated and manual checks. Once the voting period closes, our validation period gives us additional opportunity to again review all votes to ensure they’re within the rules.

18. Can votes be ineligible?

Ineligible votes include those that are generated by mechanical or automated programs, purchased votes and votes received from a contest promotion or online voting website.