Ranchero school to get playground makeover

Ranchero Elementary School’s playground will be getting a $50,000 makeover, thanks to B.C. government funding.

  • Jun. 30, 2012 7:00 p.m.

Ranchero Elementary School’s playground will be getting a $50,000 makeover, thanks to B.C. government funding.

The province is spending $3.3 million to repair and replace playgrounds at 80 more schools across B.C., as part of an $8 million program launched two years ago.

Under the new program, the government will provide $25,000 for repairs to existing playgrounds; $50,000 for enhancing minimal equipment; and $50,000 for replacement of existing equipment, Education Minister George Abbott announced Thursday.

In the first phase of the program, the B.C. government spent $2 million for 23 school districts to install new playground equipment at 41 schools without playgrounds.

Under the second phase, 106 parent advisory councils in 34 school districts were reimbursed over $2.4 million for new playground equipment they had already purchased.

“With the final phase of this $8 million investment, our playground funding program has supported new and improved playgrounds at 227 schools across the province,” said Abbott.