Playground Project

May 2022 Update

Feb.  2022 Update

We at the School Council wanted to provide you with an update on the Playground Replacement Project.

A design for the playground has been selected! It will be built by Park n Play in either September of 2022 or May of 2023 - this is dependent on how our fundraising goes over the next few months and we should have a better idea of where we stand by the end of April. Drawings for the new playground are attached (minor changes may still occur). Students will get to vote on the colours in the weeks ahead.

Fundraising is ongoing - if you know of or work for a company that may be interested in donating please send an email to and we can provide you with any needed details or alternatively we can apply on your behalf. We will be applying for the Shell Canada Communities Grant in the next couple of weeks. Applications for these larger grants are strengthened when we are able to connect an employee with our school community. If you work for Shell it would be greatly appreciated if you would consider reaching out to the council (you do not need to do anything except provide us with your name and position). We are also following up on an application made to Imperial Oil, if you work for them please consider reaching out to us.

One way for companies to make a big impact on our playground project is by supplying "in-kind" donations of time and/or materials. We are specifically looking for companies who may be able to provide the following, if you or your company would like to help please get in touch.

  • Site Fencing
  • Landscaping services, sod, and topsoil
  • Removal and disposal of existing playground
  • Removal of soil
  • Overnight Security

We would like to offer a huge Thank You to all of the families who have brought in items for the silent auction baskets that the students are putting together - they look really good! The silent auction will be run online for two weeks in March and we will send out more details on how and when to access it closer to. We have some amazing donations already from the following companies as well as some very cool electronics and collectables from DDS Families.

  • Banff Sunshine Village
  • Gradient Vodka Soda
  • Woody's RV World
  • Calgary Co-op
  • Superstore
  • Mary Browns
  • The Park Kitchen and Bar
  • Penny Black
  • SweetLegs Calgary with Stacy
  • Scentsy - Scent of Beauty
  • Hairitage Studio
  • Two Rivers Distillery
  • Cold Garden Brewery
  • Preserved YYC
  • Cherry Lane Toy Store
  • KalTire
  • Bearing Tree Consulting
  • Boston Pizza - 130th Ave

We are still looking for donations to the silent auction. Below are some items we are still looking for.

  • Sporting tickets
  • Admission passes to family friendly attractions
  • Car Washes
  • Spa Services
  • Photography
  • Local Boutiques
  • Direct Sales
  • Small Home Appliances
  • Home Décor and Baskets

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Thank you for all of your support. If you have any questions or would like further information on the playground project please let us know.

Jennifer Drews
DDS School Council

See playground renditions under Resources.

We are aiming to build the new playground in Fall 2022!

In 2018 the Douglasdale School Council gathered a committee to fundraise for and organize the installation of a new playground for Douglasdale School. Due to extenuating circumstances, the project was then put on-hold until the summer of 2021. This project is now in full swing and we are applying for grants, fundraising with corporations within the community, planning school fundraisers, and working with supply companies to design a new playground.

School playgrounds are costly endeavors and require a large amount of funding from municipal and provincial governments as well as corporate and community donations. We aim to raise a total of $290,000 to build the new playground and we hope that roughly half of the cost will be covered by grants from different agencies within both the provincial and municipal government. We are looking to raise the remaining funds through corporate donations, both monetary and in-kind, as well as monetary donations from community members.

How you can Help

Financial Contributions

Donations can be made directly to our account with ParksFoundation Calgary at by selecting Douglasdale School from the list of projects. We also have a donor recognition plan to highlight both individual and corporate contributions of over $500.

Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraising and building a playground is a BIG project. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated even if it is an hour of your time. We are looking for help with Fundraising, Grant Proposals, In Kind Donations, and Silent Auction Donations. If any of this interest you, please contact email us

Silent Auction

We will be holding an online Silent Auction for the playground in March 2022. Any items, services, or gift certificates you can donate would be a great addition to our fundraiser. If you have an item to donate, please send an email and we can coordinate with you. If you know a business that would like to donate, please pass along our Silent Auction letter and donation form (right hand side of this page). This is also a wonderful chance to part with any Christmas gift that may hit the "re-gift" pile! No item is too small as we can collect and package these into gift baskets.

Some specific items we are looking for are:

  • Household Appliances
  • Event Tickets
  • Service Vouchers (ie. house cleaning, massage, photography, lessons, auto detailing)
  • Gift Certificates (ie. restaurants, hotels, golf, retail)
  • Liquor

Year Long Bottle Drive

You can contribute to our year-long bottle drive by arranging to have your bottles picked up by SkiptheDepot. All money donated this year will go directly to the playground fund. You stay at home, skip the depot picks up your bags, and the money gets transferred to the Douglasdale School Council - it couldn't be easier!

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