Join Our Playground Revitalization Efforts
Our 25-year old community playground, located on the Forest Heights School site, is in desperate need of replacement. As sections are closed-off to protect the safety of our children, several of our community members are rallying to raise funds for replacement play equipment.
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Help us learn about where to focus our efforts and to determine how the pandemic has changed how you engage with playgrounds in your community.
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HOW WILL THIS BENEFIT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?
Our vision isn’t simply a new playground. It’s to do our part in seeing Forest Heights claim its place as a revitalized community where people of all ages and abilities stay, play, and enjoy a full host of sustainable amenities.
We believe that a welcoming, accessible, inclusive, year-round place for play in the green space beside our elementary school is an investment in our future as a mature neighbourhood. It’s part and parcel to the plans that we see for:
New commercial and residential developments
Pedestrian safety and transportation upgrades
Community League and resident-led programs and events
WHO USES THIS PLAYGROUND?
The Forest Heights Elementary School Playground is open to everyone. It’s a 25-year old community playground on school land. It’s used daily by more than 270 children who attend pre-school to Grade Six at the Forest Heights Elementary School and frequently by after-school programs, local sport teams, and community members seeking a welcoming outdoor area.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING TO BUILD?
We are seeking to fully replace the existing Forest Heights Elementary School Playground with a welcoming, accessible, inclusive, year-round place for play.
Our design reflects our students and community partners’ needs and imaginations, local business’ financial and in-kind contributions, parents’ time and energy and modern safety and accessibility best practices. We will use recycled materials to create a visually stimulating, barrier-free rubber surface and engaging, multi-level play elements.
HOW MUCH ARE YOU LOOKING TO RAISE?
Raising the funds to revitalize the Forest Heights Elementary School Playground is no small feat. We are seeking to raise $350,000 in a timespan of fewer than five years.
We hope to do this through a combination of community donations and secured grant funding. As of December 2019, we are really just beginning our fundraising journey.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Joining our Friends of Forest Heights Playground Revitalization Committee – our committee meets on a semi-regular basis to plan and implement fundraising opportunities.
Making a tax deductible donation (contact email@example.com)
We also have two other fundraisers that are active on an ongoing basis, where the playground receives a percentage of online sales. Please consider participating.
A Forest Heights Playground Bottle Drive will be held on April 10. You can drop your bottles off to the school parking lot on April 10 before 2 PM. If you would like bottles picked up, please email FHSplayground@gmail.com with your address. Please let your family and friends know too!