Progress Overview

Thank You Community for helping us design the playground, get grants, find business
donors, and for emptying your pockets to make this happen! The City of Seattle Playground PlanDepartment of Neighborhoods, King County, and businesses in our neighborhoods were the big donors. This would not be possible if every donation of time and money hadn’t have been there. Thank you!  We raised $250k for Phase One.

Here’s what we will see change in Phase One:

– Grass to play on! The north and south fences will be moved to include grass in the play area and increase child safety.

– Two additional play-spaces with rubber surfacing will make playing more accessible to sensory-sensitive kids, and will be fun for all.

– One large play area with full-body play equipment–including spinners!

– One small play area with a teeter totter that can hold eight kids all playing at once, for some good negotiation and group play.

The raised mound, the Esker

– A long, gentle, s-shaped climbable mound (the esker) about 2.5ft tall and covered in flat stones, winding between the two new play areas.

– One built-in bench, tiled with beautiful blues and greens, engraved with your messages.

– A scattered pile of seat-sized boulders in rough amphitheater shape.

– Two trees on the playground, and four trees right beside the fence.

– A better situated bike area near the front of the school.

We’ve bought the plans for Phase Two as well, so we can start saving and planning for a seated, tree covered area right outside the lunchroom, and a raised circular platform with whirligigs on the north end of the playground.

September 1st the playground equipment install will happen. Boxes of goodies will be sitting there, ready for us to dig, build, and paint. Time to get physical.

2014 Playground PaintingCapital One’s people and financial help gave us the boost we needed last year when we painted the playground. The addition of the colors, the clan animals, and a beautiful, much used braided river were warmly received by the children. This year Capital One is again coming out to help. This time with painting, landscaping, and building. We need our community to join in to help build the playground. It is on a weekday, and kids can’t come, so this is not easy to do for many parents. If you can make it happen, please do. We need you!  I hope that you can join us. This will surely be a day to remember!

The surfacing will be poured around the built equipment. That will happen in late September to mid-October. After that happens, the playground will be ready to enjoy!

Mid October we will also be looking for helpers to plant some trees on and near the playground.

If you have questions or suggestions, contact the Playground team at:

Thank you!

The Playground Revamp Team

Playground INSTALL Date Set, Workers Needed

September 1st Playground INSTALL Building Party is on! We need a good number of volunteers to make this happen. 
When: Tuesday, 8:00am-3:30pm on 9/1. The professional playground installers will be there to guide us, so we’ll be working on their clock.
Duties could include: installing the playground equipment, landscaping, refreshing the blacktop paint, adding to the mural, installing new bike racks.  Lunch and tools will be provided, bring your own water bottle, and maybe a good pair of work gloves.
Please RSVP to:

Community Build Date – SEPT 1

SAVE THE DATE. September 1st is the Community Build Date. We’ll be installing the playground equipment with the generous help of Capital One. We’ll also be doing a little painting, and sprucing up the grounds. We need 10-15 volunteers from the community. Sorry, no kids.

The below picture is not how the equipment will look — you’ll get to see it if you come help!cropped-pathfinder-final-plan-labeled2.jpg

More info to be announced.

Esker Nearing Completion

The stones on the esker have been placed! The grout is drying in the sun. The next steps are the tiling of the bench with donor recognition tiles, and the placing of the playground equipment.

Check out the dotted semicircles in the two photos below. They are the outlines of the new play spaces. Big, huh?

After all the equipment is placed, the rubberized surface will be poured around it.20150728_122017 20150728_122041

This is a closeup (through the fence) of the bench. Both of the vertical surfaces will be tiled. We’re also searching for another place to put the remaining donor appreciation tiles. 20150728_121936

July 6th Playground Update

The flagstone tile is going on nicely. I love the look of it! The two concave curves you see here in the “S” are the two new play equipment spaces.2015-07-06 19.59.27

Here’s where some of your tiles are going — right where the brown board is. We’re also working on another space for the glass donation recognition tiles. There are too many for this “tiny” bench! Thanks for all your gifts!2015-07-06 20.01.50  Below are two pictures of the fences being pushed out to include grass. IMG_20150627_211359 PK8Playground_HolliMargell-1

June 27th Construction Pictures

Here’s the esker before the flagstones are added. It is a nice, gradual shape that the kids can run over and lay on.

The two people on the right are looking at the bench that faces the larger play area.

To the left of the heavy equipment is a loosely piled sitting area. The orange netting you see in the middle is around the newly pushed out fence. In the foreground is a circle of stones that is the beginning of a planter for a tree. There will be one on both ends of the esker. TREES!IMG_20150627_211041

Here’s a closer look at the bench that will be facing the large play equipment. Boulders, Yay!IMG_20150627_211144

And MORE boulders. These are in the far northwest corner. Can you see the new fence line? It is bowed outwards. There will be grass at both ends of the playground!IMG_20150627_211342


IMG_20150630_204941Construction has begun on a new, more inclusive playground. Thank you to all that have helped make this happen.

The stages to put it all together:

  1. Construction footprint – our contractor is going to put in the big footprint – removing asphalt, securing the support for the Esker and move the fences. The contractor has started mobilization which includes such things as ordering supplies, selecting boulders and stone cladding materials with our Landscape Architect, and setting up temporary construction fence.  You should begin seeing construction in action starting now (week of June 22)!
  2. Play Equipment installation – The equipment selection is still being finalized and our order should be placed the week of June 22. The installation is dependent on the equipment company’s availability and coordinating Capital One volunteers to help install (this was part of their partnership and donation commitment.) As soon as we can get a date and invite our community to help, we will. We are hoping for last week in August.
  3. Surfacing – Rubber safety surfacing under the play equipment – This order is also in progress. Once we know the delivery timeframe for the play equipment, and its installation, the company can schedule a date for installation of the safety surfacing, since the surfacing installation happens after the equipment is installed. This will hopefully happen in early September, fingers crossed!

Then, there are final inspections, and after that we can open the playground! We’ll provide updates as each key stage is completed.

Thank you again for helping us build a playground the serves our community!