Reach will have another outdoor place for kids attending its centre to play.
Delta council has approved amending the city’s lease agreement with Reach Child and Youth Development Society in order to permit a new outdoor play area at the Lois E. Jackson Kinsmen Centre for Children on 47th Avenue in Ladner.
The fenced play area would be an expansion of the preschool space, adjacent to the indoor preschool space. In addition, parents will be able to drop off and pick up their children through the gate in the fence, which will reduce traffic within the facility.
Premium Fencing has offered to install the fencing at the facility at no cost.
In a letter to council, Reach executive director Renie D'Aquila noted their preschools are now open with COVID-19 safety measures in place, but they believe it would be beneficial to expand the preschool square footage.
“This would provide a larger area for safe play and activities to ensure physical distancing can be achieved more easily, as well as increase outdoor play time in general which is known to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19,” she wrote.
Reach has two developmental integrated preschools which offer children a program to develop their physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive skills. The preschools consist of children with developmental challenges as well as typically developing children.
Reach is a non-profit society that has been providing support services to children and youth with special needs and their families for 60 years.
The new Ladner Centre opened in 2018.