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BCAA reveals designs for 2019 ‘BCAA Play Here’ winners

Sneak peek at Black Creek Community Centre’s $100,000 play space

Burnaby, August 15, 2019: Children and families in Black Creek are getting their first look at design plans for their new $100,000 play project as winners of this year’s BCAA Play Here, a community investment initiative that gives kids in B.C. better places to play and learn.

Thousands of words shared by children and their community to describe their dream play spaces have been turned into pictures of their new playgrounds. Shawn Pettipas, Director Community Engagement, BCAA, says, “It’s exciting to reveal the design of the Black Creek Community Centre playground, particularly knowing it will become reality when it’s built this fall.”

BCAA and partnering play space experts work closely with each winning community to design vibrant new play areas that can serve as a central hub to not only bring kids together, but entire communities as well. Other winners of the 2019 BCAA Play Here contest include a playground for the community of Sayward, also on Vancouver Island, and a small wheels playground in Oliver in the Okanagan.

Black Creek Community Centre playground

The Black Creek Community Centre playground includes extraordinary 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.

Learn more about this year’s BCAA Play Here winners.


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For further information, please contact:
Sara Holland, BCAA
Senior Manager, Communication & Advocacy
BCAA | British Columbia Automobile Association
Tel: 778-874-4046


About BCAA Play Here
Launched in 2016, BCAA Play Here is an annual community initiative that gives children and families in communities across BC better places to play. British Columbians are asked to nominate a play space in their community for a chance to win a $100,000 revitalization. Focusing on need and impact to communities, the hundreds of nominations received are narrowed by a judging panel, then British Columbians vote for the communities they want to see win. Once this year’s play spaces are complete, BCAA will have invested $1.3 million and enabled 12 revitalizations.


About BCAA
The most trusted organization in British Columbia by its Members, BCAA serves 1 in 3 B.C. households with industry-leading products including home, auto and travel insurance, roadside assistance, Evo Car Share and full auto service at BCAA’s Auto Service Centres. BCAA has a long history focused on keeping kids safe on the road and at play through community programs such as its School Safety Patrol, Child Passenger Safety and BCAA Play Here. Please visit bcaa.com.