BACI receives $50,000 boost for accessible playground


‘Exciting’ announcement for organization, children, families
Natalie Hamilton

With vibrant-coloured slides, climbing apparatuses, green space and varied levels, Tanya Sather envisions a fun, safe and accessible play space for children.

Courtesy of a $50,000 donation from a Burnaby community member, the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) will be building a new accessible playground at its Variety Hotelier House Child Care Centre.

“It’s a huge point of celebration,” says Tanya, one of BACI’s co-executive directors.

“It’s an exciting announcement for our organization, our families and our kids.”

BACI received the donation in late 2010 from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous. The existing playground needs an upgrade and the money will allow the organization the opportunity to “start fresh.”

“We’ll build on our strengths and any changes we need to make, we’ll make,” Tanya says.

Between 30 and 40 children of all abilities, ranging from infants to five-year-olds, will benefit from the new space. With early childhood development being play-based, the playground serves a crucial function, Tanya explains.

“It is of the utmost importance kids have a play-based opportunity to learn and grow both socially and developmentally.”

BACI is in the process of obtaining quotes and design suggestions from experts to meet its vision for the playground, which includes being both physically and developmentally accessible.

The organization foresees the space encompassing different play areas, levels and activities to appeal to children of different ages.

It will be challenging but physically and developmentally safe, meeting licensing guidelines. In addition, BACI expects to make the playground covered so it’s usable year-round.

BACI aims to have the playground finished by late spring for children’s exploration and enjoyment this summer.

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