Calgary organization awards $50K to community projects

WATCH ABOVE (Sept. 17, 2019): Sheila Taylor of Calgary’s Parks Foundation joins Global News Morning Calgary to discuss the first-ever ParksFest, which is being held to celebrate the city’s great green spaces.

Parks Foundation Calgary handed out $50,000 Saturday to help support city parks.

The foundation hosted Parksfest to celebrate the impact of community parks and announce the winning projects of the Energize Awards.

The family-friendly event at Haultain Park featured activities for attendees and highlighted the work of nine community groups who were finalists of the Energize Awards.

“Parksfest was a great event,” Parks Foundation Calgary CEO Sheila Taylor said. “We had free entertainment, food, refreshments. A great family event for people to come down and enjoy themselves.”

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Calgarians voted for three of the projects to get a piece of the funding.

The top prize of $25,000 was awarded to the St. Pius Elementary playground after receiving the most votes. The funding will help to pay for the total cost of the $270,000 playground.

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“A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this project,” St. Pius playground committee coordinator Keri Nugara said. “The school doesn’t have a playground and my kids go there, so it was something near and dear to my heart. I wanted to make sure they get a playground this year so they can play.”

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St. Bede playground received the second most votes, earning the $15,000 second place prize, while Ramsay Inclusive playground was awarded $10,000 after receiving the third most votes.