Playground Project

50/50 Cash Raffle Playground Fundraiser

The Friends of Hidden Valley School Society, and our school community have been fundraising to replace the 17-year-old outdoor playground directly behind the school as soon as possible, as necessitated by several safety-related issues. This is a HUGE undertaking with only $50K out of $350K fundraised to date. We need community support to help achieve our goal!

Please help us put some smiles on our children’s faces by supporting this fundraiser to make our playground project come to fruition and purchase your tickets for our 50/50 cash raffle for your chance to win up to $10,000 cash! The more tickets purchased, the bigger the cash prize!

Tickets can be purchased virtually online only at https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/fhvss. Anyone in Alberta can purchase tickets so pass this along to family and friends! 

THE DRAW DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 31. A live stream draw will be held on our Facebook Page at 7 pm at "Friends of HIdden Valley School Society", so start following us today!

Winning Ticket Number #5818

The Friends of Hidden Valley School Society in collaboration with Hidden Valley School has commenced a Playground Committee to revitalize the school playground. Hidden Valley School’s outdoor playground is utilized by 400+ children age four to nine during school hours along with approximately 700+ community children living within a 300m buffer outside of school hours. Certain pieces of the existing playground equipment are wearing out.

The playground vendor is no longer in business therefore replacement parts are not available to make repairs. The existing inclusive rubber surface tiles are starting to raise causing a tripping hazard for students, staff and parents picking-up/dropping off.

A decision was made by the HVSC several years ago to proactively plan for the eventual replacement and revitalization needs for this park space. The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) has confirmed the playground is nearing the end of its expected lifecycle. The proposed new playground will be the only inclusive school playground within the community for children of all abilities to use. Replacement of the playground will be Phase I of this project.

Based on 2021 engagement feedback, students, staff and guardians would like to see the following amenities including in the playground design:

·       slides

·       climbing activities

·       chain/cable walks

·       overhead canopies for shade

·       park benches

The next step is to have conceptual designs created and select a playground vendor. Further school community engagement to help finalize these steps are expected to take place by the end of the 2022 school year.

Outdoor Learning Space

With the increasing need for further outdoor spaces for students, school administration wanted to investigate potentially adding an outdoor learning space; an extension of the indoor classroom. Studies have indicated that outdoor learning spaces can increase a student’s ability to learn and focus by using different environments. The outdoor learning space would be used for regular classroom instruction, as well as help facilitate the CBE’s commitment to working in ways that reflect worldviews and Indigenous way of knowing. The creation of an outdoor learning space will complement the CBE’s Indigenous Education Strategy and will be Phase II of this overall project.

For detailed information about the Playground Project, please read the Business Case (listed under Resources).

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