Playground News!

The new Phase 1 playground will be OPEN to the kids today!  The kids have been anticipating this day for some time since construction of the playground started and they have watched it take shape.  Ms. Catherwood and Mr. Manville have come up with a very special way to let the kids enjoy the structure.  Each class will be given the opportunity to have their own private session on the play structure rather than having a free-for-all at  recess which might not provide as much opportunity for the younger kids.  The structure will be phased into use by all classes by the end of the week.

On Friday 9 Jan 2015 G & F Financial Group presented the PAC with a cheque for $7,500 in support of the structure.  We will be discussing these funds at the next PAC meeting and hope to apply them to the Roller Slide at Phase 1 or a new Swing Set.  Stay tuned for pictures of that event.

A special Thank You to JJ Lee author of The Last Train: A Christmas Ghost Story.  He shared the story with the Royal City Record to bring awareness to the playground fundraising project here at Qayqayt.  Due to his story, the PAC received a donation of $1000 from a mom of a 3 year old that is a new resident of the school neighbourhood!  And while her child doesn’t attend the school yet, she is looking forward to having a nice play area for the neighbourhood children as well.

Over the holidays Vic Leach contacted the PAC to work with Rob Rathbun who was involved in dismantling a pre-school in West Vancouver which had lots of rubberized surfacing and a relatively new play structure made in Germany.  Through a joint effort with SD40 and Rob Rathbun the material was transported to New West last week!  The PAC will work with SD40 to find an appropriate location for the material in the district (hopefully at Qayqaty!).  Thanks to John Gaiptman and Doug Templeton of SD40 for making arrangements!  Thanks to Glen Henderson and his crews of SD40 for picking up 7500 pounds of rubberized surfacing and a small play structure.  Thanks to Rob Rathbun for working with us over the holidays and shuttling the materials from the Park Royal Roof to the SD40 truck. Thanks to Doug Brown for searching high and low for a 5 ton cube-truck on New Year’s Eve.  It was a HUGE effort and much appreciated.

Thanks to everyone for their support!  The playground is now OPEN!