BCAA PlayHere Contest Now Open!

Nominate your community or school project for a chance to win.

BCAA’s PlayHere contest is now open until April 15, 2018! Looking to apply for a playground project? Habitat Systems has worked with thousands of groups across Western Canada on their play spaces. With 5 offices and a team of 30, we are ready to assist you with your playground project planning needs.

The following communities who have won the BCAA contest are happily playing on Habitat Systems playground equipment.

Contact us
to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Past Winners
Torquay Elementary, Victoria 
Marion Schilling Elementary School, Kamloops
McKay Street Park, Prince Rupert

 

 

Accessible Playground Funding Deadline March 16th

Smart Play Centre
 

Looking for funding for building an accessible playground? You may qualify for the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants program. Deadline for applications is March 16th.

Looking for assistance with your application?

Habitat Systems, provider of inclusive playground solutions would enjoy the opportunity to assist your group.

Reach one of our 5 offices in Western Canada at toll free
1.866.422.4828
or email us at
[email protected]
to learn more.

 


Grants for playgrounds

 

  1. Accessibility-Enabling Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants up to $50,000 for projects designed to help organizations enable general accessibility within their facilities. Where possible, applications should demonstrate evidence of matching funds or in-kind support from Federal/Provincial/Territorial and/or municipal governments. Up to 14 Accessibility-Enabling Grants will be awarded annually.
  2. Inclusive Design Innovation Grants: Jumpstart will provide grants between $250,000 and $1,000,000 for projects designed to enhance existing building plans for sport and recreation spaces with uniquely innovative solutions for inclusion and accessibility for children of different abilities. On an annual basis, Jumpstart will award:
  3. Up to four grants valued at $250,000
  4. Up to two grants valued at $500,000
  5. Two grants valued at $1,000,000

Edmonds Community School & Canucks Playground

Happy Friday! Fridays are great days to kick-back and watch something fun. We have some really exciting playground projects in the works right now (stay tuned for details coming soon) but in the mean time, let’s flash back to a project that was both rewarding and fun. In 2011 Manny Malhotra, Dan Hamuis and their families in partnership with the Canucks for Kids Fund, Burnaby School District, and Habitat Systems Inc., came together to provide a playground to Edmonds School in Burnaby.

“It is on the playground where our students make their first friends and learn their first new word in English. It is also on the playground that our students learn the basics of good citizenship. They learn to take turns, to share, to work together and to solve problems peacefully. It’s where children learn that laughter sounds the same in every language.”

-David Starr, Principal at Edmonds Community School during the Playground Project in 2011

Check out the video below to take a trip back in time to this exciting project.

Two Vancouver Schools are still enjoying their Circle K Playgrounds

5 years ago Circle K International (CKI) members, a premier collegiate and university community service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International, gave sweat equity to transform the playgrounds at two Vancouver schools.

Partnering with Landscape Structures, and Habitat Systems, more than 150 CKI volunteers installed playground equipment at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Annex. After two days of construction, some of which took place during heavy rain showers, the two playgrounds were complete. Fast forward to today and the children at these schools are still playing hard and enjoying the play spaces.

If you are a group looking to revamp or update your play space we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our client services which include fundraising assistance and grant opportunities.

Kiwanis Installation 2013

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Smart Cities Embrace Waste Management Technology

Municipalities around the world are looking at smart city technologies to manage their infrastructure.

Victor Stanley’s Relay litter receptacle technology continuously monitors fill levels and weight, sending an alert that indicates unusual fill level change and when spikes in weight occur. Victor Stanley’s technology also allows for the tracking of litter receptacles when their locations are moved. The Relay system provides valuable data that can help stop residential dumping and overflow.

This technology is a wonderful Smart City solution for British Columbia and Alberta municipalities. Other cities in Canada, such at Niagara Falls, are embracing this efficient Waste Management system.

Smart and Efficient… it’s a beautiful thing.

Contact us to learn more about the Relay system.