Last week, the Lacombe Kinsmen Club announced that it would be donating $25,000 to the Terrace Ridge Playground Society in order to fund upgrades and additions to the school’s park and playground space.
“We are grateful they have helped us get to a new height in our goal and we’ll be able to move forward now with a lot of our larger funding applications,” said Sarah King, a board member for the Terrace Ridge Playground Society.
King said they began raising these funds about 18 months ago in order to obtain upgrades to the current playground facilities at the school. King said the upgrades were necessary because the school is growing and is expected to grow more in the future. She added these will be the first additions and upgrades to the playground since Terrace Ridge School was built.
Dave Rolland, president of the Lacombe Kinsmen Club, said the Kinsmen decided to support the initiative because they have always been involved in such projects throughout Lacombe and even elsewhere in Central Alberta. He mentioned that other playgrounds, ball diamonds and the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre, are other projects in Lacombe supporting youth Kinsmen have been involved in. Rolland added there are a number of organizations, like Scouts, that the Kinsmen give to on a continuing basis as well.
“We always like to be involved in these type of projects (in the community)” said Rolland. “We thought it was a really good cause.”
Lacombe Kinsmen’s $25,000 donation brings the Society’s fundraising total up to about $55,000. King said these funds bring the Society to a point where they can start seeking government funding from matching grant programs.
King said the funds will be used to improve, upgrade the existing park and playground space at the school. She said there are plans to install a new playground structure to the area as well as some fitness equipment in the area as well.
In addition, some kind of garden to improve the look of the space might be included. Furthermore, upgrades will be given to the existing equipment in order to give it disability access.