Students at E.H. Walter School in Paradise Valley are receiving an upgrade in the form of a new playground.
The Alberta government is providing the school with $250,000 for the project.
Buffalo Trails Public Schools Superintendent Bob Allen says schools are an important part of the community, and this will provide a boost to the surrounding area.
“We have got a small community here with a brand new school, and now they’re going to have a state of the art playground, and we’re hoping that the community gets even more use of the playground, the schoolyard and other facilities around the school,” says Allen.
This is a result of Alberta Education expanding its funding criteria that will see 26 new playgrounds built across the province.
The playgrounds were previously unfunded, but now they get the green light after a five-million-dollar boost to the budget.
Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange says moving forward with these school projects are crucial during these challenging times.
“Playgrounds are extremely important to local communities and provide a place for all children to explore, develop and have fun.”
There is still grant funding available for schools that haven’t received money to upgrade or replace their current playground.