On October 30 Rossland Summit School (RSS) primary classes gathered to officially open their brand new primary playground. Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Co-chair Kari Kuznecov along with Myra Rudakewich cut the ribbon to officially open the newly installed play equipment.
The project got off the ground from copious fundraising efforts and a grant submission. The playground earned the Tire Stewardship grant and received 60,000 dollars from School District 20s allocation money after the closing of Maclean’s Elementary School. Other generous corporations also made contributions to ensure the younger students of RSS had safe and fun equipment to play on.
The playground features Habitat Systems Inc. parts that are guaranteed to last 100 years. Habitat Systems Inc. is based out of Burnaby, B.C. and is a playground and landscape equipment distributor encouraging the development of healthy communities by selecting park and playground products that are innovative, kind to the environment, and offer superior technologies. About nineteen years ago, “the industry changed from wooden playgrounds to more durable products, and we really caught that wave,” says Mark Bodie co-founder of the British Columbia play equipment company.
The school district’s staff wholly maintains the upkeep of the playground. RSS principal Karen Lavender welcomes the public to use the play equipment located on the southern end of Jubilee Park in Rossland, specifically designed for children aged five to 12 years. Lavender says she is “really happy to have a safe, fun and age appropriate playground for the younger students of RSS.”