Money for playgrounds

Two Cloverdale schools will be reimbursed for money their Parent Advisory Councils spent on playground equipment.

Two local schools will be  reimbursed for money their Parent Advisory Councils spent on new playground equipment this year.

Cloverdale Traditional School’s PAC is to be reimbursed for $24,283, as part of $2.4 million in provincial funding announced last week to acknowledge money its PAC raised to purchase playground equipment.

Another Cloverdale school, Don Christian Elementary, will receive a $43,820 playground reimbursement.

The money is part of $8 million in new playground funding announced by Premier Christy Clark in September that will be spent over two years.

School districts were asked to identify schools that had purchased adventure-style playground equipment using PAC-raised funds since Jan. 1, 2011.

PACs at 14 Surrey area schools are to receive a total of $347,025 in reimbursements for playgrounds.

In September, two new area schools – Adams Road Elementary and Hazelgrove Elementary – learned they would each get $50,000 from the province for playgrounds.

Adams Road opened earlier this year, but didn’t have a playground because the money wasn’t included in capital funds.

The next phase of the playground program will involve about $3.6 million to be distributed for high-priority playground upgrades, repairs and replacements.

The government’s original announcement also said from now on, playground funding would be included in capital budgets for new schools.