Congratulations 2017 winners!

Congratulations Bouchie Lake Elementary School, Galiano Community School, Marion Schilling Elementary School, and McKay Street Park!

British Columbians have spoken. Bouchie Lake Elementary School, Galiano Community School, Marion Schilling Elementary School, and McKay Street Park are the winners. Each play space will receive revitalizations worth up to $100,000!

See winning spaces

Bouchie Lake Elementary School

Cariboo

  • Category: Recreational & Active Living
  • Location: 2074 Blackwater Road, Quesnel BC

Potential Improvements

Bouchie Lake Elementary School has been a fixture of the Bouchie Lake Community for over 50 yrs and in addition to it's 144 enrolled students, houses a community daycare and Strong Start Program for preschool aged children. We are seeking to improve our outdoor play area in 2 main areas: the building of an outdoor classroom/covered learning area, and the upgrade/replacement of our current playground and blacktop which contains equipment the majority of which is over 30 yrs old. In the past 3 yrs, our PAC has been actively fundraising by hosting community movie nights & scrapbook weekends in our school gym, selling magazine subs, chocolates, school supply labels, & basket raffles. Our building plans have been approved but we are still in need of funds to have this much needed project come to fruition. Upon completion, our outdoor classroom will have a concrete floor, removable benches & possible gardening boxes that our children will be able to access in the shade of the hot summer months and under coverage in our colder winter months. Our goal is to have a fun & safe outdoor learning environment that will provide teachers & students the opportunity to move their studies outside to learn in their natural surroundings.

Community Impact

Our school is accessible to all Bouchie Lake Community members and families. Since our school is over 10km away from the City of Quesnel itself, having an area families can enjoy year round without having to make the drive to town would be so beneficial, appreciated and life-changing to all involved. Our community is one that emphasizes outdoor activities & play and we are lucky to live in such a passionate & involved neighbourhood. This construction & upgrade would benefit the young & old Bouchie Lake Community members alike. To be able to give back & provide the students and residents a place to gather on our school grounds would only add to the community spirit, involvement and heartfelt feelings that our neighbourhood already embodies.

Galiano Community School

Vancouver Island/Coast

  • Category: After School Program Facilities
  • Location: 1290 Sturdies Bay Road, Galiano Island, BC

Potential Improvements

Galiano Island has few options for structured play; there is no pool, recreation centre or skating rink. Families must go off-island to participate in many activities. Time, money and ferry fares limit many children to local activities. The play structure at the Galiano Community School is over 30 yrs old. The monkey bar paint is peeling, there are large gaps in climbing platforms, and components that have been deemed unsafe (e.g. tire swing) have been removed. We want to offer our youth a play space that is fun and helps them grow, learn and stay fit and healthy, but we don't have money for replacement, nor can we modify the structure because of insurance restrictions. Also, the primary structure is wooden and needs treatment for maintenance – a process that raises caregiver concern. A grade 3 student said: “The tires on our playground are breaking and the swings are rusty and squeaky so we need new ones.” A school survey identified playground replacement as a priority and our local soccer club showed enthusiasm for the project, donating $1,000 from their 2016 soccer tournament. We need to replace the entire structure and have few funding sources. Replacement cost is $70,000 to $100,000 – a daunting sum for our small community.

Community Impact

The Galiano Community School (GCS) is a vibrant, multi-use, shared community space with a run down play structure. A new play space will benefit school kids, visitors & families participating in a range of activities & using the following facilities: • GCS: school activities; • Galiano Activity Centre: volunteer-led after school activities & camps offered 6-8 weeks per year (spring/summer); • Galiano Library: combination library/play space visits; • Community Greenhouse & Garden: integrated garden/play space visits & Community Picnic; • Galiano Daycare (opening in 2017): requiring a play space for 2-5 yr. olds. A new play space will help kids grow & imagine, facilitate inter-generational play, and revitalize a child-centred community hub.

Marion Schilling Elementary School

Thompson-Okanagan

  • Category: After School Program Facilities
  • Location: 2200 Park Drive, Kamloops, BC

Potential Improvements

Within walking distance for most Valleyview residents, Marion Schilling Elementary’s playground is a central hub in our community. In addition to the 270 school kids who use it daily, our playground borders a busy community hall, lacrosse box, soccer field and daycare and is visited by the families who use these facilities as well. Marion Schilling hosts a Strong Start program, averaging 20 families daily with children 5 and under who also use the space. In the summer, our school is visited by the Bright Red Book Bus, a literacy initiative that invites children to come play on the playground with their families, pick a book and enjoy time together. As there is no other community playground in our area, Marion Schilling is the only chance many children and their families have to engage in physical literacy and outdoor play. Our vision is to create a safe & welcoming space that would allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors together, from the little ones in our Strong Start to the grandparents watching their grandkids from nearby benches, and everyone in between. Our current playground is old & unsafe for families, and needs to be replaced with new equipment in order to continue to host the families from our local community and beyond.

Community Impact

Our playground is nearly 25 years old and made of treated wood which is deteriorating quickly. It requires regular repair; metal areas are rusting & sharp, and chains throughout the structure present pinch hazards. A playground revitalization would involve a complete replacement, costing about $90,000. It will take years for our PAC to raise these funds given that many of our families are low-income with little ability to contribute. The impact would be significant for the whole community & would enhance the experiences of the many families who visit our playground every day. A new playground would bring our community together, strengthen connections & create lasting memories. A strong community helps build healthy, active & happy children.

McKay Street Park

North Coast

  • Category: Recreational & Active Living
  • Location: Mckay Street at Kootenay Avenue, Prince Rupert

Potential Improvements

The Mckay Street Park is a space currently dominated by an abandoned baseball field, overgrown with alder trees. Adjacent to the old field is a more recent community garden, administered by a local service group, and a lone basketball hoop. At the moment, the space is considered dangerous by many residents, and at night it has been used by drug users as an area sheltered from view. Transition Prince Rupert and our many community partners have worked to consult the community and develop a final park design that will open up the space, provide lighting and clear pathways and sightlines through the space, and create a much needed recreation and play area for the neighbourhood. This design includes potential uses for all ages, including a covered basketball pavilion, expanded community gardens, covered skate/bike area, picnic grounds, dog park, cultural centre, and more. We believe that developing neighbourhood ownership of the space, through meaningful participation in the design process, will greatly increase the safety of the site for children and families, and provide a lasting community benefit.

Community Impact

The impact of this revitalization would have a significant impact on the surrounding neighbourhood. The Mckay Street Park is adjacent to the largest subsidized housing complex in Prince Rupert, which alone houses approximately 400 + residents - namely young families. Not only would a new park/recreation space service the demonstrated needs of this community (especially a basketball pavilion - as Prince Rupert is home to the All Native Basketball Tournament each year), but it would provide additional space for service organizations to offer programming to the local residents. Currently, the youth of the neighbourhood call the park 'nobody's field', with your help, our intent is for them to be able to call it 'everybody's'.

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Nomination Tips

Putting together a great nomination is the best way to showcase your community’s need and the story of why your play space deserves to be chosen as one of the top 10!  

Follow these helpful tips to ensure that your nomination stands out.

  1. Ensure your nomination is well thought through. When answering the questions, be clear and provide as much background information as possible to tell your story. Think about including information such as:
    • How the space is currently/historically used by your community and by whom
    • What needs to be repaired, installed, upgraded, etc.
    • Whether there is consent/permission granted from the play area/facility’s legal owner(s) to revitalize the space
  2. Tell us about your community’s passion & involvement with this project. Make sure to let us know that this play area is, or can become, an integral part of your community:
    • Has your community or any local groups/organizations banded together to raise funds for this project?
  3. Tell us the impact this project can have on your community.
    • How will revitalizing this space enrich the lives of children & families in your community?
  4. Show us what you need! Upload photos or video to show the play space, its repair needs, site plans. Video is a great way to demonstrate your community’s passion!
    • Visuals are impactful and can bring your nomination to life.  
    • Make sure you have permission to use these photos or videos as they will be displayed on BCAAPlayHere.com