LET’S BUILD A PLAYGROUND !

The Secord Community League has assumed responsibility for leading the effort to build a new playground in our amazing community; and the Secord Community League Playground Committee has been working hard getting the playground project off the ground. The new playground is slated to be constructed just south of the David Thomas King School, west of Secord Boulevard.

Last Updated: September 7, 2018

Where are we at?

We are currently in the Concept Phase and recently received an official concept plan and estimate. The Playground Committee took feedback given from residents in the Fall 2017 Community Needs Assessment and met with the City of Edmonton’s Project Team to develop an exciting concept for the communities new playground.

The Playground Committee would like to thank everyone who has helped along the way so far! But we still need your help!

There are many ways you can support this project:

  1. Make a financial contribution – all donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.
  2. Become a corporate sponsor – to learn more click here
  3. Attend fundraising events
  4. Volunteer at fundraising events
  5. Join the Committee or Community League Board of Directors

How much money is needed?

In order to proceed to construction we need to raise $310,000 to complete the project in its entirety. Currently our fundraising total sits at $105,000. The total project estimate is $810,000 (part of this money is provided by the City of Edmonton and the Alberta Government).

When will the playground be constructed?

Assuming we can generate the required additional funds, we are aiming for construction in the Spring of 2019.

Why are we responsible to build the playground?

When our new K-9 David Thomas King School was built and opened in September 2017, a playground was not included. This is because playgrounds are not a requirement for new school construction; the responsibility lies with the community league and area residents.

On average, construction of new playgrounds ranges in cost from $500,000 to $1 million, depending on features and surrounding infrastructure. We currently have $250,000 allocated from the Provincial Playground Grant fund for new schools and potentially up to $250,000 in grant money through the City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Park Development Program fund. This means as a community we must generate the remaining funds in order for a playground to be built.

We are fundraising in partnership with the following key stakeholders:

  • David Thomas King School and its Parent Council;
  • Residents;
  • The City of Edmonton;
  • Various funding and granting agencies; and
  • the corporate community.

How can you help?

Fundraising / Donations

We need your support in fundraising to build a new playground for our children. Download the  Secord Playground Fundraising Form here.

If you work at or know of any organization that will match an employee’s donation, please consider giving to the Secord playground.

If you know of a business that can donate, sponsor, or provide items for a silent auction, please let us know!

Donations are tax deductible, with receipts provided by the City of Edmonton.

Corporate Sponsor

Should you wish to become a corporate sponsor, please download the Corporate Sponsorship Package or contact Christie Delano or Pam Thivierge.

What you get for sponsoring:

  • Write-off your contribution 100% as a marketing expense. In comparison, a charitable tax receipt for a donation is only deductible at 50%.
  • Can receive recognition through various channels including on site recognition on a plaque, social media, website(s) and at various community events providing marketing and brand awareness.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing to the health, happiness and well-being of our children.

Volunteers

We are looking for more volunteers to be part of our committee or assist us on an as-required basis (e.g. door to door delivery). We would like participation from individuals representing a variety of backgrounds.

If you are interested in being part of the playground committee, help volunteer, or can help fundraise, please contact Christie Delano or Pam Thivierge.

Contact Information

Christie Delano
Playground Committee Chair
E: christie.delano@gmail.com
P: 780-218-1395

Pam Thivierge
Playground Fundraising Lead
E: 1977.pjl@gmail.com
P: 403-615-9797

Additional Information

Building a Playground is Complex

The process for building a playground is driven by the specific needs of our community. This grassroots effort includes:

  • Assessing our community’s needs
  • Establishing community-level partnerships with the City of Edmonton
  • Applying for grants, casinos, bingos etc.
  • Site design and development
  • Selection of playground equipment and materials
  • Safety consultation and review
  • Construction and ongoing maintenance

A playground Benefits Everyone

  • It is vital for our children’s cognitive, emotional and physical development.
  • It serves as a social hub for our kids and parents.
  • It increases the appeal and property value of our homes.
  • Above all, it fosters and strengthens our sense of community.

Acknowledgements

Corporate Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following corporate sponsors to date:

  • MLC Group – Secord Heights & West Secord
  • Rob Smashnuk Team
  • Zender Ford
  • M.A.P. Group of Companies
  • Daytona Homes
  • Birch Fumigators
  • Yellowhead Storage
  • McElhanney Consulting Services
  • Sterling Homes

Playground Committee

We gratefully acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Playground Committee:

  • Christie Delano
  • Tami Dmytruk
  • Pam Thivierge
  • Rebecca Fleetwood
  • Melissa Price
  • Candace Smashnuk
  • Mike Steele
  • Erin Stewart