SouthPointe School's playground looks like it'll be on time and on budget.
 
Recently, shovels hit the dirt on the almost $300,000 playground.
 
"Right now we're doing the ground surfacing work. We've got the curbing all done so it's been poured and we're doing the layout design now that the equipment has arrived on site," said Darcie Bennett, manager of contract services at Elk Isand Public Schools.
 
The fundraising success for the SouthPointe project was nothing short of spectacular, putting the playground on schedule to open before the school year.
 
"The parent association deserves huge kudos and a shout out. They just really worked hard for their children and the community's kids," added Bennett. "We're so appreciative of the $250,000 grant that was provided by the Alberta Government and the $25,000 that was donated from the City of Fort Saskatchewan."
 
Bottle drives, donations and other fundraisers raised around $6,000 to help complete fundraising efforts.
 
"Our goal is to have this playground opening for the first day of school," added Bennett.
 
The playground will have to go through four inspections before opening, including two pre-concrete inspections, an impact attenuation test and a final inspection done by a third-party company.

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