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Alberta directs $20 million over four years for new school playgrounds

Premier Notley and Minister Eggen announce playground grant program at Vista Heights School in Calgary. (Government of Alberta)

CALGARY – Alberta is directing $20 million over the next four years for playgrounds for new schools with young children.

Premier Rachel Notley made the announcement in Calgary today, saying playgrounds are part of a well-rounded education.

New schools for students in kindergarten to Grade 6 will be eligible for grants up to $250,000.

The grants will be retroactive to 2014, so that more than 50 previously announced schools will be eligible.

Notley says the playgrounds go beyond just the children.

She says parents meet and form relationships as they watch their kids at play, and that playgrounds become focal points for strong communities.