Two playgrounds in Central Alberta will recieve funding from Alberta Education. (File Photo)

Central Alberta playgrounds receive funding boost from Alberta Education

A pair of local playgrounds are among a group of projects that will receive funding from Alberta Education.

Twenty-six playground projects across the province will receive a boost of $5 million, up to $250,000 per school.

In Red Deer, Westpark Middle School has been approved for the full amount, while Bashaw School will get $150,000.

“It is crucial, now more than ever, to help projects like these move ahead for schools and communities during these challenging times,” said Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, who is MLA for Red Deer-North.

“Playgrounds are extremely important to local communities and provide a place for all children to explore, develop and have fun.”

The funding comes from the existing capital budget and is intended to support 18 school divisions in building playgrounds.

“Physical activity and social interaction are essential in student development and well-being,” said Brandi Rai, president of the Alberta School Councils’ Association.

“School councils often work with their parent fundraising associations for years before funding is obtained to complete playground projects that are fundamental to the school community.”

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