An Abbotsford, BC, school has received new rubber surfacing at its playground and short track, thanks to a $30,000 grant from Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC).
The project was part of the upgraded Abbotsford Christian School middle-secondary campus.
The rubberised surfacing was made from 1,647 recycled scrap tyres, according to a press release from TSBC.
TSBC executive director Rosemary Sutton said the playground is wheelchair-friendly and accessible for all children throughout Abbotsford community.
“Surfaces made from recycled rubber are visually attractive, very low maintenance and extremely durable,” she said.
Since 2009, TSBC has given out over $5.8 million in community grants to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organisations, schools, and First Nations and Metis settlements.
Grants go towards a variety of projects, including rubber surfacing for water parks, fitness areas and running tracks.
“Abbotsford Christian School has been a great community partner to work with as they are committed to educating their students on sustainability and the circular economy,” Sutton said.
“They have led by example by producing an environmentally friendly playground and track surface made from recycled scrap tyres.”
TSBC’s scrap tyre recycling programme in B.C is one of the most successful in North America and the oldest recycling programme in Canada.