Frank Hobbs playground slides short of online contest

Despite making it to top-10, playground falls short of winning Aviva Community funding

Frank Hobbs elementary school students Evie Frost, Yousef Al-Odarallah, Zane Martin and Abiha Naser sit in front of principal Ingrid Fawcett and Andrea Frost, top right, on the school’s soon-to-be-removed playground. Travis Paterson/News Staff

It was worth a shot.

Despite earning votes from more than 1,400 people the new playground design for Frank Hobbs elementary school was not among the Aviva Community Fund panel’s judge of winners on Tuesday. Parents and members of the parent advisory council had their fingers crossed as the new playground project, named Together in Harmony, was shortlisted in the Community Health category, but did not win the big prize.

The playground entry was successful enough to survive the 10-day voting period in October and crack the group of finalist. It was the only B.C. entry into the $50,000 to $100,000 level of the Community Health category. A panel of judges made the final decisions for all seven awards.

The good news is Frank Hobbs’ PAC can still build a playground, but it will be a scaled back project from what they had hoped. With the Aviva contest, the PAC had goals of adding a sensory pathway, outdoor classroom, and an interactive art feature and other accessories to a contemporary playground with platforms, monkey bars and a slide.

Just Posted

Last chance to say hello to the future

Saanich 150 time capsule on display at municipal hall

Fire safety rolls out to Oak Bay elementary schools

Fire education comes to three area elementary schools starting April 9

Giants draw first blood in WHL playoff series vs. Victoria

Home ice advantage non-existent for Royals against arch-rival Vancouver

Saanich makes appeal for regional fire dispatch system

Five CRD communities drop Saanich service in favour of Surrey

Oak Bay cyclists have new resource to aid in health and fitness

Bike Fix Station installed at Rec Centre thanks to Firefighters Charitable Foundation

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 23, 2018

B.C. umpire has developed thick skin after 30 years listening to insults

Scott McLaren pays no mind to comments from the cheap seats

Musicians Sarah Harmer, Grimes join B.C. anti-pipeline protests

Musicians are in Vancouver for the Juno Awards on Sunday night

Saanich invites input on garden suites

Early returns suggest support for the legalization of garden suites, but the… Continue reading

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in B.C. before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Public warned not to eat herring eggs harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay

Island Health reports vibrio cholerae infection linked to eating herring eggs

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Most Read