The ribbon

The ribbon

New play-scape opened at Blarchmont Early Learning Centre

A two year project creates outdoor play area for children's programs

Funders, partners, parents and children celebrated last Friday morning at the Blarchmont Early Learning Centre as a new outdoor place space was officially opened.

The Natural Playscape includes a plant maze, aspen grove, new lawn, water features and more, and was a two year project to pull together.

“This was a true community effort,” said Kim Roberts of CBAL. “It’s quite an amazing list of funders.

Support came from the City of Kimberley, Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL), Community Action Program for Children, Kimberley Community Foundation, Kimberley Garden Club, Paq’mi Nuq’yuk Aboriginal Early Years, RBC Royal Bank, School District No. 6, Smartscape Landscaping, TD Friends of the Environment, Wildsight and Beta Sigma Phi.

Ktunaxa elder Herman Alpine made a few remarks and said a prayer, then parents, children and guests helped plant perennials in the new play space.