Nominate a play area and change a child’s life with BCAA’s Play Here Initiative

BCAA to award up to $100,000 each year to repair or revitalize playgrounds

Sponsored by BCAA | Impress Branded Content

When Sarah leaves her house this afternoon to go play with her friends, can her parents trust that she will come back unharmed?

If the neighborhood’s play area hasn’t been upgraded, it’s likely she could catch herself on a sharp edge, fall because of loose handrails, or get stuck between a widening gap.

It’s a parent’s natural instinct to protect their child, and while scrapes and bruises are an inevitable part of growing up, play areas and equipment shouldn’t pose a serious threat to their safety.

Sarah is every child — yours or your neighbor’s — who deserves to play freely without worry. 
BCAA is committed to doing its part in protecting kids through various community initiatives.

The School Safety Patrol Program is BCAA’s way of keeping children safe on the roads by providing elementary schools with safety equipment and training materials, allowing students to help their peers cross the street safely in their school zones.

More than 5,000 ‘Slow Down, Kids Playing’ signs have been distributed since 2013 to encourage drivers to slow down in residential areas. Additionally, nearly 6,000 car seats have been given out to those in need over the past three years as part of their Community Child Car Seat Program in partnership with The United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Now, BCAA has its sights set on making safety a priority by refurbishing worn play spaces. That could be a community centre, a splash pad, a bicycle path, an after-school program facility, a skate park or even a playground — anywhere that kids go to play and develop.

According to Parachute, a national injury prevention organization, more than 28,000 children are injured every year on playgrounds across Canada. If you believe your neighbourhood’s play space is in need of repair, then BCAA wants to hear about it.

The Play Here initiative is a new, annual program that awards up to a $100,000 worth of repair and revitalization to a community play space. In May, a judging panel will decide the top five finalists, and then it’s up to public voting to decide the winner on behalf of BCAA and its partners. Nominations are currently open until May 1st.

Above all, taking actions means making sure kids like Sarah come home with new stories, not injuries. Nominate your community play space or facility, and together with BCAA, keep children safe now and for years to come.

To nominate or vote for a play space in your area, visit www.BCAAPlayHere.com

Just Posted

Cumberland Brewery is looking to expand its patio space temporarily for the summer. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland Brewery looks for temporary patio expansion

Move would allow business to spread customers outside in summer months

School District 71’s final budget for this school year showed more revenue from distance learning students but less from traditional classroom registration. Record file photo
Comox Valley Schools’ budget grant almost $5.5 million higher than planned

Increase came from a boost in distributed learning rather traditional registration

A&W on Ryan Road confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at their restaurant and temporarily shut its doors. Google Maps photo
Courtenay restaurant temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

It’s the latest business in the Valley to be affected by the virus

The CSRHD board moved closer to passing a budget with a $4.4 million cut to the tax requisition. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Comox Strathcona hospital district moves on budget with tax cut

At $12.6 million, budget requisition represents drop of $4.4 million for current year

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, standing at right, sits on steering committees of two organizations that are tackling the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. File photo
Courtenay councillor leads campaign to reduce building-sector GHG emissions

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton wants local governments to carry a little more… Continue reading

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

Most Read