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BCAA reveals designs for 2019 ‘BCAA Play Here’ winners

Children and families are getting their first look at the designs for each of their community’s new playground after winning $100,000 for BCAA Play Here, a community investment program that gives kids in BC better places to play and learn.

Thousands of words shared by children and their communities to describe their dream play spaces have been turned into images of their new playgrounds. BCAA and partnering play space experts worked closely with each of the 3 winning communities to design vibrant new play areas that can serve as a central hub to not only bring kids together, but entire communities as well.

Check out these extraordinary playground designs and see what cool features they’ll have for kids to enjoy.




Black Creek Community Centre playground

Blackcreek playground

The Black Creek Community Centre playground includes features geared towards challenging, imaginative and inclusive play and accessibility. Details include:

  • Features for children ages 2-5 years and 5-12 years.
  • Interconnected circuit features - allows children to move from one element to another without having to set foot on the ground with multiple entry and exit points throughout the circuit.
  • Two double slides, including one for younger children.
  • Various climbers, ladders, a crawl tube and giant spider.
  • A storefront panel and dragonfly providing places for imaginative and social play.
  • Ground surface provides wheelchair access to the low platforms and other accessible features.



Redesign of Oliver Parks and Recreation's Small Wheels Playground

Oliver Parks and Recreation's Small Wheels Playground

Skateboarders, scooter and bike riders and other Oliver community members are getting their first look at design plans for Oliver Parks and Recreation's Small Wheels Playground.

Previously, a design of a new Small Wheels Playground was created with input from the community’s kids and youth to serve as a hub to allow kids of all ages and abilities on scooters, skateboards and bikes to have a place to ride and practice their skills – making it a more useable space for families and the entire community. This will all be possible through $100,000 from BCAA Play Here and additional financial support from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Kiwanis Club of Oliver. Details include:

  • Features for all ages and different types of wheels e.g. scooters, bikes, skateboards.
  • Bank-to-ledge feature with hip and brick stamp texture.
  • Transition feature with pool block extension, roll-in, hips and pocket.
  • Ledge/manual pad complex with curb cut wedge-to-wedge, bump-to-rail and bump-to-ledge options.
  • Central wedge/hip feature with shotcrete footplant boulder.
  • Flatbar with slappy option.
  • Pump bump roller with volcano.
  • Up-gap feature and hubba ledge.
  • Bank-to-curb feature.



Sayward School playground

Sayward School playground

This Vancouver Island playground includes features geared towards accessibility and inclusive play that’s challenging and imaginative for kids. The playground incorporates:

  • Features for children from 2-5 years and 5-12 years.
  • Interconnected circuit features - allows children to move from one element to another without having to set foot on the ground with multiple entry and exit points throughout the circuit.
  • Two high slides and a double slide for younger children.
  • Separate spinning features where kids can spin sitting down or standing up.
  • Net bridge and net climbers.
  • Firefighter’s pole.
  • A store front panel for imaginative and social play.
  • A glide ride where kids can hold on and ride across from one platform to another.
  • Roofs that cast a colourful spectrum of light.
Learn more about BCAA Play Here and all this year’s winners and runners-up