With contributions by Michael Chapman, Assistant Director of Facilities and Planning; Carla Orr, Principal; Magdalene Bunce, Teacher
Spring 2021, a universally accessible playground enhancement project was successfully completed and opened to the delight of students and staff at Westview Elementary.
The project has transformed the play space at Westview to meet the diverse needs and abilities of the school and local multigenerational community.
Highlights include universally accessible poured-in-place rubber surfacing and a variety of accessible equipment and sensory components including touch panels, tactile surfaces and musical options constructed with a broad colour palate.
The addition of trees, a concrete teacher's seat, podium, and linear basalt bench seating make for an enhanced outdoor learning space.
The project was made possible through funding received from the Ministry of Education's Playground Equipment Program, City of North Vancouver, the Westview Parent Advisory Council and North Vancouver School District.
The students at Westview produced a short video sharing their joyful reactions, thoughts and thanks for their new play space. As one student said, “Our playground is for our whole community."