Bruderheim School is getting a new playground after a big boost from the province.
The playground at Bruderheim School is one of the largest in the area and is well-beloved by many children; however, it has seen better days.
“This is probably the last year that it’s safe to even play on because it's wooden and it's older, and it's falling apart. It’s just time for it to go,” said Jacquie Senchuk, treasurer of Friends of Bruderheim School Society.
As one of the larger playgrounds, it not only serves the students and children in town but also kids from across Lamont County, who use the space to play and blow off some steam.
The Friends of Bruderheim School Society began their fundraising a couple of years ago, raising a total of $25,000 toward the new playground. The Town of Bruderheim chipped in an additional $100,000.
With the combined totals, they were able to apply for the provincial Community Facility Enhancement Program, which matched the total contribution made by both parties.
Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA, Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, presented the $125,000 cheque on behalf of the provincial government.
“It’s huge to have a good playground here as the centre of the community,” explained Senchuk. “The kids are super excited to get a new one.”
Construction on the new playground is set to begin in 2022.