A bird’s-eye view of Schep Park’s playground. The rubberized surface will be made from more than 3,000 recycled tires. (Contributed Photo/TSBC)

A bird’s-eye view of Schep Park’s playground. The rubberized surface will be made from more than 3,000 recycled tires. (Contributed Photo/TSBC)

Schep Park’s playground to receive rubberized resurfacing

More than 3,000 recycled tires will be used on project funded by Tire Stewardship grant

What would you do with enough tires to fit 818 vehicles (with one total spare tire)?

Tire Stewardship B.C. (TSBC) said a grand total of 3,273 recycled tires will be used to re-surface the Schep Park rubberized playground surface. The rubber is a safer, more durable option to woodchip covering and it also provides accessibility to those needing to use wheelchairs or other mobility aides.

The District of Kent was one of 13 organizations to receive TSBC grants for community development this year. Over the course of the 2022-2023 grant period, a total of 14,928 scrap tires will be used for community projects including playgrounds, walkways and parks.

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As of publication, TSBC has awarded nearly $6 million in community grants.

TSBC executive director Rosemary Sutton said the rubberized surfaces from the scrap tires provide a non-slip surface and soft landing in playground areas and parks.

“Tire Stewardship BC is pleased to provide financial support to organizations across the province that have chosen to use recycled tire rubber for their upcoming projects,” Sutton stated. “These grant recipients will use B.C. rubber for the surfacing of various communal areas making them durable, non-toxic, and low maintenance.”

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In terms of tires used, the Schep Park resurfacing is the largest project among the 13 2022 TSBC grant recipients.

Since its founding in 1991, TSBC has recycled more than 100 million tires within the province. It is among the oldest recycling initiatives in the country.


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