The new SouthPointe playground should be ready for the first day of school.
 
There is very little construction left to do. The sand is in place and landscaping is complete. The playground itself is only missing two components, which should arrive within the next two weeks.

So far, all inspections of the playground have passed.

Adjoined to the playground is a 20ft by 30ft asphalt area, which will be equipped with three basketball hoops. The hoops are expected to arrive in mid-to-late September.

Darcie Bennett with the Elk Island Public School Division said it’s an area to be used by not only their junior high students, but also by the community during the evenings and weekends.

"We're very excited for this component of the playground," said Bennett.

The playground is still fenced off, but will be open to the public after a final inspection.

The entire project cost just over $280,000. The majority of it, $250,000 was donated by the provincial government, and $25,000 was donated by the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

The remaining $6,400 was raised through the SouthPointe School Fundraising Association.

"Elk Island Public Schools is super excited about these playgrounds and we're just so very grateful for the many dedicated hours from our volunteer parent groups and for the funding received from our sponsors and various associations," added Bennett.

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