In May 2018, Ridgeway PAC began exploring options to redesign our outdoor spaces. Ridgeway PAC partnered with non-profit society Projects in Place to help design & build new natural playground spaces to service the school’s growing community and neighbourhood. The playground is now open!

Press Kit

 “We are very excited to see these play areas come to life,” notes Arieanna Schweber, who led the project on behalf of Ridgeway PAC, “This project is the result of three years of work, collaboration, fundraising, and the amazing support of our community.”

With the support of the North Vancouver School District and our many partners, the new play spaces will feature 6 new pieces of play equipment featuring natural wood, ropes, open-ended ‘steppers,’ sensory musical flowers, and accessible play surfacing. 

We worked closely with the students, teachers, families, and School District to realize the vision of this project. We held information nights, conducted parent surveys, asked for teacher feedback, brainstormed with students, incorporated safety and environmental impact feedback, and worked through various design iterations.

“Every child deserves a great place to learn and play. Outdoor spaces such as our park and playgrounds are crucial in supporting the well-being of children. The City is proud to contribute to this new natural play space and appreciates the PAC’s and School Board’s investment in this inclusive and accessible playground.”

City of North Vancouver Mayor Linda Buchanan

This goal of this project is to help children and their families:

  • To take an active, hands-on role in making positive changes in our neighbourhood,
  • Explore imaginative play, motor skill development, and social development with natural, open-ended play spaces
  • Connect on a deeper level with our community,
  • Be respectful of the environment, particularly with respect to old growth trees,
  • Create a new space around inclusion. 

“The outdoor play space would be used every single day of the year and benefit the entire neighbourhood”

Ridgeway Family Survey

About Projects in Place

Projects in Place is a full design-to-build non-profit society, helping build stronger communities through sustainable design. The multi-disciplinary group of volunteers, whose skills include design, planning, ecology, engineering, and construction, help to coordinate builds that include volunteer-based or highly reduced professional services, labour and materials. This collaborative model has helped realize community projects at Capilano University, Science World, SOLEfood, Ecole Pauline Johnson Elementary and Vancouver’s first parklet at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.

Thanks to Our Partners and Friends

This project has been made possible through the generous support of grants, donations, in-kind labour, equipment & material donations, and fundraising events.

And thank you to all the individual “Friends of Ridgeway PAC” for your individual contributions – every dollar has helped us get this far!!

  • Ruriko Taylor
  • Mark Girard
  • Ramon Alexander
  • Anna Lee
  • Peter Weddigen
  • Alexandre Fascina
  • O’Hara Family
  • Gillian Andersen
  • Jeongmin Kim
  • Arieanna Schweber
  • Douglas Ash
  • Hanna Hilario
  • Carole Stewart
  • Jeanne Crouteau
  • Ai Lee Liew
  • Karen Owen
  • Yi Wang
  • Candace Lind
  • Anis Kodirov
  • Ken & Tamara Palko
  • Luca Hou
  • Matt Hubbert
  • Kelly White
  • Mojdeh Nasseri
  • Sue Ann MacBride
  • Brenda Sawatzky
  • Krista Wynia
  • Tamara Schweber
  • Robert White
  • Brian Groot
  • Aimée Welwood
  • Lindsey Petherick
  • Iranian – Canadian Benevolent Foundation
  • Jan Booker
  • Mary Anne Mackay
  • Liam Brunham
  • Dean Olund
  • Ram Kumar
  • Roger Alan McConchie
  • Kim Jackman
  • Elizabeth Zajc
  • David Moschini
  • Tiffany Alexander
  • Matluba Kodirova
  • Bruce Blackwell of Blackwell & Associates
  • Mo’s General Store
  • & MANY individual Anonymous donations!

Thank you for helping us reach our goals!