Fantastic News! We secured a $20,000 grant from the Government of BC!

Garibaldi Annex is $20,000 closer to making our playground vision a reality. This weekend, we received confirmation that a grant in the amount of $20,000 will deposited into our PAC gaming account towards erecting a new play structure by no later than September 2009.

Further to that great news received, we are in the process of applying for a grant with Home Depot in partnership Kaboom for the remainder of the funds, along with much needed support in the planning and building of the actual structure. We have been contacted by Home Depot and encouraged to submit our application after our initial e-mail to them.

To find out more about Kaboom, please visit

Please remember that we will need the commitments of parents in the planning and building of the actual structure.

Contact Kate Mulligan for further information or to get involved!

Yeah Garibaldi!!!!!!!!!


Playground Planning Meeting Minutes May 12th 2009


Seanna McPherson – regrets
Hal Milne – present
George Sotori – present
Angela Wong-Moon – regrets
Lori Popadiuk - Not confirmed as committee member
Alistair Bird – present
Katherine Mulligan - present


1. Determine objectives and priorities
2. Roles and availability
3. Develop Project Plan/RACI
4. Set future meeting dates

Primary Objective: Erect a playground structure through community engagement by September 2009.

Secondary Objective/Priorities:

- Consider age appropriateness of structure
- Longevity of structure
- Increase number of playable components
- Consider accessibility of structure
- Physical and mental stimulus for children

Tasks Assigned/Proposed:

- meeting with contractors for quotes and recommendations on appropriate structures – Angela/Hal
- arrangements with school board for the removal and site prep - George
- co-ordinate 50 volunteers for build day – Hal
- Develop content on the Garibaldi Parents website to promote input/Determine other ways of exchanging information regarding the playground with community (e-mail blast of survey, home learners site and VLN site?) – Seanna?/Al
- Develop a short survey for the web - Kate
- invite students of Garibaldi to actively participate in the planning stage (get their input as to what they would consider playable) - Hal
- handle the budgeting, fundraising and administrative duties - Kate
- plan out the new structure with the help of the company or organization we end up working with – TBD
- Take photographs of other existing structures in Van – Al/George/Hal
- Develop an overview with basic specs, requirements and considerations for Suppliers that will be quoting

Overall, the meeting included discussion about the feasibility of increasing the footprint, the different types of materials, and various ideas about possible components. In addition, discussion took place regarding the possible grant to be received from Kaboom/Home Depot and that it would be best to ask Suppliers to provide options at the $20,000, $30,000 and $50,000 range.

Next meeting Tuesday, May 26th at 7 p.m. at 2510 Parker St.
H 604-254-1060/ W 604-638-8377/