Park Meadows receives $25,000 to go towards accessible playground

Park Meadows Elementary School is another $25,000 closer to realizing the dream of building an accessible playground.

Wednesday afternoon, the school was given a $25,000 donation by the Kiwanis Club of Green Acres, Lethbridge, to go towards a piece of the playground. Green Acres purchased a Beehive for the school, a climbing structure intended to be part of a $300,000 playground project.

Club member Evelyn Yackulic was on hand to deliver the cheque, as she added the club has contributed to playground projects previously in the city. The group was eager to support another one.

“The accessibility factor stood out for me, and what also stood out was the fundraising these people have already done,” said Yackulic, who spoke about what drew Green Acres to the Park Meadows playground.

She added the Beehive structure looked like the perfect playground component for the club to support.

“It was around the price we thought we could afford and it looks like it will be a lot of fun.”

The Beehive was also the biggest piece of equipment up for sale, as Park Meadows now looks to find supporters for a host of other playground pieces, which range in cost from $700 to $7,000.

The generous support from Green Acres does not stop with the playground donation, as the club also contributes to the school’s snack program, which provides students with items like granola bars and juice boxes throughout the day.

Park Meadows will continue to accept cash donations, as the school will need to raise $100,000 before the school can begin applying for larger grants.

For more information on the playground project, visit: http://pm.lethsd.ab.ca/Playground%20Fundraiser.php

Date posted: April 12, 2017