Submitted by Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC
Play is the most important activity for a child’s development. It is through play that children learn about their world, learn to manipulate it and succeed in it. One of the many places that children play is on the local playground. Be it in a local park, area school or large community center, the playground is a major environment for free play for all children. It is important that children of all abilities have the chance to engage with each other on these playgrounds so that they can all play, learn and grow together.
To read more on what makes a playground a great place for all children to play, please view Ingrid’s full article located in the link below…
The Grand Opening at Cooper’s Crossing School in Airdrie was the perfect way to finish off the school year! It was a huge success and there were many people to help celebrate and share the excitement!
We love celebrating the finished product of a playground – a lot goes on behind the scenes to make it possible and the excitement and joy that the kids show when they see their new playground makes it all worth it!
Habitat Systems was honoured to be a part of this project and making the children’s’ playground dreams a reality!
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Kids ages 5 to 12 can challenge themselves on 10 obstacles appropriate for their size and skill level.
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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.
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Their official grand opening took place on Friday, March 9th and it was a beautiful day!
Habitat Systems was honoured to be a part of their grand opening and seeing the excited children enjoying their brand new playground. Thanks to the efforts of the PAC at Gray Elementary, the community and funding support from the city, the children now have playground to enjoy for years to come including some popular components that were selected by the children themselves!
Looking for funding for building an accessible playground? You may qualify for the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants program. Deadline for applications is March 16th.
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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.
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:
This exciting and new water station is a perfect play experience for children of all abilities. This hexagon shaped station was designed for individuals with disabilities to easilyaccess all areas of this water play station, allowing for social interactions among all kids!
Children are able to control the water flow from all corners and can choose the speed and direction, allowing for complete control and imagination which allows for a fun and functional experience!
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.
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.
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