The Alexander Park Elementary School Parent Advisory Council went before Golden Town Council on May 21, asking for their support in a grant application for their new accessible playground.
“Farm Credit Canada grants funding to small communities across Canada every year. They fund between 90 and 100 projects per year for small communities to improve the vitality of the community,” said Chenoa Paccagnan, president of the APES PAC.
The PAC has been hard at work fundraising to build a new accessible park since October 2012, as the old one has reached the end of its life.
Farm Credit Canada has funded 12 projects similar to the APES playground, and has awarded each of them between $8,500 and $14,000.
“Golden is a great qualifier for this, however for a group like ours we do need to partner with the municipality,” said Paccagnan. “This is what we’re asking for today. I’d like a letter of support from you so we can submit our application.”
The request does not require any funds from the Town, it only requires they write a letter of support, and provide Farm Credit Canada a receipt when they receive the funds.
Council typically does not make decisions immediately after a delegation has presented, but decided to instruct staff to write the letter, given that there is a time constraint.
The application must be submitted prior to June 18, and the PAC needs the letter of support before they can send in the application.
The project has already raised $116,000, and hopes to have the playground installed in the summer of 2014.