Wiltse Elementary Grade 4 students take their new play equipment for a spin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Students take Penticton’s newest playground equipment out for a spin

Wiltse Elementary PAC fundraise to bring the “Apollo” to the school

Wiltse Elementary students took their newest playground equipment out for a spin on Wednesday, May 26.

The two-storey climbing/spinning “Apollo” was unveiled much to the delight of students, who were eager to climb and spin under blue, sunny skies.

“It makes you dizzy but it’s so much fun,” said Cole, a Grade 4 student.

“Two thumbs up,” said Danica, also a Grade 4 student.

The Apollo is great for students of all ages but is particularly nice for intermediate grades who aren’t allowed on the primary-aged playground.

Wiltse’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC ) started fundraising in 2019, after identifying the need for more play space. Through generous contributions from parents, local businesses and the larger community, Wiltse’s PAC raised nearly $40,000 towards the playground.

“We’re thrilled that generous in-kind contributions from our community have buoyed us to our fundraising goal and allowed the installation to be completed,” said Wiltse PAC’s playground hair Tina Lee. “Significant support from Wendy and Wade Wagstaff of Grizzly Excavation Ltd and Jason Seddon of SRM Concrete Ltd has made all the difference. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment to children in our community. This new play space will be a hit with children across the city.”

“Students have been incredibly excited to watch the Wiltse construction site. Each day, students run outside to check on the progress,” said Wiltse principal Travis Bond.

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