In 2017, Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Government of Canada invited organizations from coast to coast to apply for a grant program to honour this milestone through the development of community improvement projects.
Griesbach’s yet to be named Playground and Park was one of 20 Edmonton projects selected to share in $3 million worth of grant money. $235, 428 was allocated to Griesbach’s playground, which is slated for construction this spring.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that cultural and recreational activities bring communities together and contribute to our overall health and well-being,” Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said.
“The renewed facilities and programs not only respond to the demand for community infrastructure improvements, but also provide us an opportunity to celebrate the people of this great country.”
After five years of efforts, including City, Provincial and Federal grants, fundraising and sponsorships the playground is now fully funded. The Canada 150 Grant will allow the Griesbach Playground Committee to explore upgrades to the park infrastructure. A more robust gazebo and enhanced landscaping are just two of the ideas on the table.
“We were extremely honoured to learn our project was selected from the many worthwhile applications,” said Brad Tilley of the Griesbach Playground Fundraising Committee.
Children and parents alike are looking forward to the opening of this playground, which will be accessible to children at the rapidly growing Major General Griesbach School. The school was one of the last in the province to be built without the requirement of a playground. The Griesbach Playground Committee has worked with the City of Edmonton to plan the biggest and highest quality playground permitted. In addition to a variety of fun equipment for children of all ages, the park will include bike bumps, public seating and a ring of maple trees – which is entirely fitting for a park that will help recognize Canada’s 150th birthday.
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