Parents and kiddos in the Linden Lanes area rejoice, Linden Lanes School is joining the wave of local schools on the receiving end of playground upgrades in recent years.
While many of the new playgrounds in the city have elements in common, each generally has a handful of different distinguishing features and Linden Lanes’ new setup is no exception. In particular a circular ‘tall climber’ section is likely to engage the climber. Separately, a covered outdoor classroom promises to be a valuable outdoor activity and learning space.
Installation at a site on the East side of the school grounds began on Thursday thanks to a group of parent and teacher volunteers and folks from the school’s parent council, led by a team of four from vendor Playgrounds R Us. According to a parent council representative setup will continue on Friday with the plan for the new structure to open on Monday afternoon after concrete has had a chance to cure. Until that time a fence will remain around the area.
The project is funded approximately 1/3 by the City of Brandon, 1/3 by Brandon School Division and 1/3 via various fundraising efforts and donations. Linden Lanes’ older legacy equipment is to remain in place alongside the new setup.
Though obvious beneficiaries are students at Linden Lanes, the community as a whole has been fortunate when it comes to playground upgrades that have taken place at city schools. Under the terms of a joint use agreement between the City of Brandon and Brandon School Division, school grounds including playgrounds are available for community use until 11pm during off-School hours.
Photo: Linden Lanes Parent Council