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.

Current Concept Plans

The plan shown below was our original concept with the City of Edmonton (north is up). The David Thomas King School is to the north and Secord Boulevard is to the east.

PHASE 1:

  • Playground (west)
  • Concrete plaza in the middle

PHASE 2:

  • Pump track (bike track) to the southeast

PHASE 3:

  • Basketball court to the northeast

Stage 1 and 2 Development – 2019 Construction

OVERVIEW

The project under construction this summer will include Stage 1 and 2, i.e. the playground, concrete plaza and the bike track. Since Edmonton Public Schools put in a few basketball courts this past fall on the David Thomas School site, we are holding off on the basketball courts (Stage 3) to see if there is a need for more. We also don’t have funding at this time.

PLAYGROUND HIGHLIGHTS:

  •  Mulch surface throughout, except for a small area to the north which will be sand. The grey surfaces on these images will be asphalt. The white sidewalk looking surfaces on these images will not exist (artist rendering only).
  • 2 large play structures: 1 targeted for older kids
  • Climbing Wall
  • Standing Zip Line
  • 8 Swings
  • Young kids area to the north with sand surface and a sand table.

CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE:

  • Shovels in the ground sometime in June 2019 (early July at the latest)
  • Completion and opening projected for September 2019.

History / Timelines

  • SCL began planning for the playground in January of 2017.
  • 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.
  • By September of 2017 we formally applied to the City of Edmonton.
  • We received project approval in November of 2017.
  • We officially started fundraising in February 2018.
  • June 2018: We are at the Concept Phase and recently received an official concept plan and estimate.
  • As of December 2018, we have reached our fundraising goal of $207,585 and issued the City of Edmonton a cheque for the community portion of the cost of the project.
  • Tender bids closed at the end of February 2019.
  • Playground Committee evaluated the bids for award in March 2019.
  • The project was awarded in March 2019.
  • Estimated construction is June to September 2019.

How much money was raised?

In order to proceed to construction, we needed about $310,000 to complete the project in its entirety. The total project estimate is $810,000 (part of this money is provided by the City of Edmonton and the Alberta Government).

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.

Fundraising

How Can You Help?

The Playground Committee would like to thank everyone who has helped along the way so far! Although Phase 1 and 2 of the playground at David Thomas King School is under construction, we still need your help to fundraise money for the future phases, and for future playgrounds in the community!

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 over $20 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.

Acknowledgments

Corporate Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following corporate sponsors (alphabetically):

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

Playground Committee

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

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