Friday, January 30, 2015

Roosevelt School the latest to benefit from Prince Rupert Port Authority Community Investment Fund

New Playground equipment at
Roosevelt Community School
Photo from PR Port Authority

Play time is on at Roosevelt Park Community School and the kids probably can't wait to get outside to check out the new playground equipment.

 It's taken a couple of years from the planning stage to development, but with the help of the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Community Investment Fund, the long desired upgrade to playground equipment is now complete.

Through its Community Investment Fund, the Port Authority contributed 35,344 dollars towards the playground renovations, which was combined with a grant that the Roosevelt PAC and Playground Committee had received from the BC Community Gaming Grant program.

The result of the two year process is a playground that not only features new equipment, but a project that involved a large segment of the Roosevelt Park School community.

Once everyone had offered up their input into the proposed changes to the playground, the Committee offered up two options for consideration, with the successful blue print selected by way of a vote that involved the staff, parents and students at the school.

“It was such a fun and inclusive process for everyone at Roosevelt, particularly the students who had their input included, and obviously the outcome was a resounding success,” “Our staff recognizes the supportive role that parents play in our school, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.” -- Sheila Wells, Principal of Roosevelt Park Community School/ École Communautaire Roosevelt Parc. 

In a media release from Thursday, the Port Authority outlined how the new playground will not only benefit those that attend the school, but will offer those in the immediate area with an opportunity to take advantage of the new equipment as well.

The Roosevelt School playground is one of the few areas on the west side of the city for parents and children to gather and during Spring and into summer, it is popular location owing to the use of the sports field by the Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association.

The new playground equipment adds to the community nature of that part of town and provides for an outlet for all that youthful energy that needs to be burned off in a healthy manner.

You can review more about the playground project and the Community Investment Fund here.

For  more background on the Port's Community Investment Fund see our archive of items here.

With that in mind, a quick reminder for those in the community that the current opening for submissions of interest to the Community Investment Fund is quickly coming to an end, the final day for applications to the Fund is February 14th.

To get an overview of other Port related developments see our Port Archive page here.

For items related to School District 52, see our archive here.

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