Parents and students at Evans elementary school are asking the public to support them in an online bid to win funds for Chilliwack's first universally accessible playground.
"We are going to build a universal playground for all abilities," said Katrina Eng, parent and playground committee member. "It is a playground that a stroller can go on without any barriers-a wheelchair can go up or a walker."
So far, the committee has raised $17,000 of the $100,000 cost through donations and fundraisers.
To accommodate for the shortfall, students, parents and even Mayor Sharon Gaetz, participated in a video submission to the Aviva Community Fund-which will award a total of $1,000,000 to different community projects.
In order to make it to the qualifying round, the proposal needs to accumulate votes, which Eng hopes people will submit daily throughout Sept. 30 and Oct. 14.
"We don't want to make the kids pay for this playground, that's the biggest thing," Eng added.
The school currently has four children who are wheelchair or walker dependent and 16 kids who are special needs.
"They're in a wheelchair or walker, they can't get to everything so they sit outside and watch the other kids play on the playground," Eng said, who, having seen similar scenes herself, called it heartbreaking to witness.
The project will build on to the existing playground with features like lower and more accessible equipment and a rubber ground cover.
The current playground, which was built to accommodate 200 children in 2008, is also working at over-capacity as enrolment swelled to 308 kids this year.
. To vote for Evans elementary school's playground project, go to www.vote4evans.com.
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