On Friday, October 11th, 2013, the remainder of the money was in place to upgrade the out-door playspace at the Boys and Girls Club facility in Wetaskiwin. Mr. Verlyn Olson, MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, presented a $10,033. CFEP (Community Facility Enhancement Program) Grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Wetaskiwin. Funds required to match the grant were acquired from two local McDonalds restaurant McHappy Days. Debbie Pearson, Fund and Communications Coordinator for the Wetaskiwin Boys and Girls Club comments, “The local backing by our community for keeping children involved in physical activities in the after school hours is enabled with this kind of support.”
This money has been designated to enlarge a play area located behind the Boys and Girls facility. Plans are in place to move a fence, install new pavement, replace the step and install a soccer and basket-ball net. The play area will be more user-friendly play with the addition of new “Pour and Place” rubber surfacing over a portion of the asphalt. The new playground surface will provide a more friendly play area and will require little need for maintenance. It will serve the Wetaskiwin Boys and Girls Club for many years to come.
The Boys and Girls Clubs is a non-profit organization providing programs that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of children, youth and their families. The Club offers opportunities, after school and at other critical times when children are not in school, to develop healthy behaviours, academic success, positive relationships, and life and leadership skills.
Clubs also provide nutritious snacks and meals and many offer emergency shelter, family support programs and other help to children, youth and families in need.