Independents Working for You candidates (from left) Laura Dixon, Joe Muego, Garry Shearer, Jeannie Kanakos, Jim Cessford, Bruce McDonald, Sandeep Pandher and Nick Kanakos. (Photo submitted)

Independents Working for You to increase Delta school playground funding if elected

Currently, the City of Delta will cover up to $35,000 of the cost of replacement playgrounds

Independents Working For You council candidates are committing to providing more funding for school playgrounds.

In a press release issued earlier this week, incumbent councillor Jeannie Kanakos said she and her running mates are committed to easing the burden placed on parent advisory committees to raise significant amounts of money in order to replace aging playground structures at Delta schools.

Currently, the City of Delta provides up to $35,000 or $45,000 (depending on the kind of playground) through its Community Initiated Cost Share Program to match up to 50 per cent of the cost of new playgrounds, leaving it up to the PACs to raise the rest of the funds.

However, the press release says, over the past decade playgrounds costs have risen and can now range from $60,000 to $100,000. PACs are required to engage in many years of “intense” fundraising to come up with their (often more than) half of the money, while also having to raise funds to cover school supplies and field trips.

“The burden for fundraising is too much for parent advisory councils and, if elected, we are committed to increasing funding for school playgrounds by the City of Delta,” Kanakos said in the press release. “We will also assist with securing more funding from the private sector for all our playgrounds.”

Sandeep Pandher, also running for council under the Independents Working For You banner, said his family was one of many who contributed to the new playground at Sunshine Hills Elementary that opened last month.

READ MORE: New playground open at North Delta’s Sunshine Hills Elementary

“This was a tough journey for the both the parents and the teachers at the school,” Pandher said in the press release. “Playgrounds are used by all of the community and more help on securing funding for future playgrounds is needed from the City of Delta.”

According to the press release, Kanakos, Pandher and their running mates Bruce McDonald, Garry Shearer and mayoral candidate Jim Cessford, have put a priority on having a healthy community and see playgrounds as an integral part of a safe, healthy and happy Delta.

“Based on our discussions with the community, we have heard from parents that there is a need for help with fundraising for the construction of playgrounds from the City of Delta,” Kanakos said.

“Our slate agrees that school playgrounds are the heart of our community and are where children and adults gather for exercise and fun,” Pandher added. “We need to collaborate with our school district to find solutions that meet the needs of our community.”

In related news, current school trustee and incumbent Independents Working for You trustee candidate Nick Kanakos tabled a notice of motion at the Oct. 9 school board meeting to have district staff look into different options for playground replacement strategies in order to take the burden away from parents.

READ MORE: Delta school district to review funding for playground replacement

These could include soliciting private and corporate donations, or creating a new partnership between the district and the city.

The motion was passed unanimously.

The civic election will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20.

SEE ALSO: 43 candidates running in Delta civic election



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey’s advance polling numbers doubled

This year 22,185 advance ballots were cast compared to 11,747 in the 2014 civic election

Surrey man injured in Vancouver Island racetrack accident meets, holds son for first time

Kayden was born the day after Jonathan was crushed by car at speedway

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Rugby jerseys to be worn, washed and auctioned in Surrey following special day of games

Beavers’ annual Ruck for The Cure fundraiser for cancer society held at Sullivan Heights Park

South Surrey pair join ‘Operation Rainbow’ on medical trip to India

Gary Hanney, Mandy Hadikin among group aiming to help youth in need

Surrey charity that aids refugees plans ‘Night in the Serengeti’ fundraiser

Oct. 26 gala at Civic Hotel will be Umoja Compassion Society’s first-ever large fundraising event

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

Most Read