The Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association (ACRA) is a non-profit organization that strives to connect Electoral Area F (Errington, Coombs, Hilliers, Whiskey Creek, and Meadowood) through sports, arts and culture.
In response to the Covid-19 virus, ACRA has made the decision to cancel all of our programs for the time being. We felt that it was our social responsibility to do our part to limit the spread of this virus in our community, and we know that you will respect and support our decision. Wishing you and your loved ones all good health at this time.
From art classes, to music programs, to kids camps, to ladies walking groups, to high-energy fitness classes, we have something for everyone to enjoy.
Take a look at our online activity calendar to find all kinds of activities, programs, classes, and special events in Arrowsmith.
What makes Arrowsmith unique? We have a great selection of parks, walking trails, community businesses, and tourist attractions.
There's some discussion about moving part of the playground structure at the former French Creek Community School to Errington Elementary School. To participate in the discussion, read the letter below and touch base with School Trustee, Julie Austin (Email: email@example.com or Phone: 250-752-4469).
March 12, 2020
Dear Coombs and Errington Residents,
We are writing to let you know that our EES PAC is looking to move part of the playground structure from the closed (since 2014) French Creek Community School site to Errington Elementary School this spring.
There have been ongoing concerns about the state of our playground structures at EES...most notably in the Kindergarten and early primary play areas. Most of our equipment is 20 years old now (put in around the time of the current school site opening in 2000). Our PAC has been doing some research on possible ways to address the ongoing concerns. For several years now, the Kindergarten play structure has been "fading away". As parts become unsafe or damaged, they have been taken out and not replaced. One can easily see where slides and such have been and now boarded up. We are constantly "band-aiding" various parts that are coming loose and are unsafe. The wooden surfaces are slimy and very slippery to navigate. Even the footing has been challenging to navigate.
For several years now, we have tried to address this issue by raising funds and applying for grants, which have been unsuccessful. Our PAC recognizes that we have many students who live in the Coombs area who have been part of the EES community for 6 years now. The FCCS playground had been installed not too long before the school was closed. It is still in very good condition. Upon research, we have learned that moving the play structure from FCCS to EES is actually feasible (structurally speaking). We know that it would be widely used and appreciated at EES. Our PAC has expressed that they are no longer wanting to hope for and/or wait for the possibility of a grant to cover new play structures and they recognize that trying to raise all or partial funds is just not feasible.
Our PAC is motivated to get moving on this project and there is an opportunity to start this spring. We recognize that there may be some people in our Coombs and Errington communities who have feelings around this project. If you have feedback to share, please do so via our local School Trustee, Julie Austin (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 250-752-4469) by March 31, 2020.