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Langdon School's playground project needs votes

Langdon School is drumming up support before voting closes in the Aviva Community Fund, Dec. 15 at noon.

Langdon School is drumming up support before voting closes in the Aviva Community Fund, Dec. 15 at noon.

The group is currently sixth in its category with more than 12,000 votes and must remain in the top 10 to advance to the final round of judging where $1 million will be divided among winners.

“We’re encouraging people to vote for ours,” said Shelagh Phelps, project coordinator. “It’s easy, it doesn’t cost you any money and takes a minute of your time every day.”

Aviva’s five criteria for a successful idea are impact, sustainability and longevity, submission quality, likelihood of success and originality.

Phelps admitted the weakest link in the submission is originality.

“Out of 90 of the semifinalists, 20 of them are playgrounds,” she said. “What’s different about ours is it’s a pretty immaculate design.”

The playground will be 8,400 square feet and has a total price tag of $1.173 million. The design includes rubber surfacing for handicapped children, an amphitheatre, gazebo and a path system.

“This is definitely not a no-frills playground,” said Phelps. “It’s designed for everybody.”

Phelps said if they are not selected as the top winner, the playground could still be built for as little as $200,000 with volunteers.

The group is currently advertising on radio stations in Lethbridge, High River and Okotoks.

“To me, it’s a no brainer,” said Phelps. “Why wouldn’t you help?”

Winners will be announced Jan. 25.

To cast your vote, visit

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