COMOX B.C- Provincial funding will help build a new playground at Airport Elementary School.

The B.C government is pulling funds from the playground equipment program to build a new accessible playground in Comox.

The program is in its second year, and provides up to $5 million each year to school districts to purchase new or replacement playgrounds.

This year 30 schools across B.C are receiving $105,000 for a universally-accessible playground, and Airport Elementary is one of them.

Courtenay/Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard said in a statement she’s glad to see the funding from the province.

“Playgrounds are as essential to students as textbooks and school supplies are.”

“Our government is committed to ensuring that all children have the chance to participate in active and healthy play, and with this funding we’re putting our money where our mouth is.”

In the past, schools’ Parent Advisory Councils would have to fundraise large sums of money for new and replacement playground equipment, and schools without that capability were left without playgrounds.

We have reached out to Airport Elementary School and are waiting for comment.