Jaandi Roemer is the President of the North Peace Family Superpark and the initiator of a new fundraiser taking part in Aviva Insurance’s Community Fund competition.
“Just go in, sign up and you vote for us,” Roemer said. “If we win round one, we go into round two, three, four, and there’s a chance to win up to $150,000.”
If the Superpark is successful, they’ll put the $150,000 into purchasing the equipment from a vendor in Vancouver, who’s quoted them a price of $275,000.
“There’s potentially three different areas of the playground, so all ages benefit from that, as well as a family sit-down kind of café area that we would like to have so that families can actually sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while their kids play.”
Roemer adds, “Also, we would like to have potentially a program put in there so that kids can learn about healthy eating, healthy living… The most important thing is getting them out of the house, especially during the winter.”
Roemer goes on to say they’ve yet to find a concrete facility to host the new playground, which she expects will rage between 7,500 – 10,000 square feet in size.
In order to turn this dream into a reality, Roemer would like to see the City of Fort St. John and the Peace River Regional District sit down to discuss funding in a mutually beneficial arrangement.
“We would like the city to invest in it, but we also believe that the regional areas B and C should play a major role because there are so many young families that don’t live in the city limits.”
They have however already gained immense support from community members and local businesses, generating $40,000, with $27,000 sitting in the bank and waiting to be spent on the new indoor family playground.
Also, Roemer wants to remind the community of the Fall Carnival taking place on October 25 – 26 inside the gymnasium of North Peace Secondary School.
The carnival is free to attend for parent and babies. The entrance fee for children one – three years old is by donation, while children over three years of age will be charged $8.50.
There’s plenty to look forward to, including bouncy castles, family-friendly games, a bake sale and much more.