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.

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

PLAYGROUND UPDATE: CONSTRUCTION BEGINS!

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!

Summer Plans

Thank You Community for helping us get grants, find business donors, and for emptying your pockets to make this happen! Fundraising is over! We have gone out to bid.  We have $210,000 to spend on Phase One of the playground revamp. Keep your fingers crossed that we may find a low bid from a reliable contractor. Building should start early this summer and *should be* ready for play by next fall.

Here’s what we will see change with $210,000, Phase One:

– Grass on the north and south of the existing playground, with the fence on the south moved closer so the kids need less supervision at that end.

-Two additional play-spaces, covered in a solid rubber surface. One with large, full-body play equipment. One with spinners and rockers. More bars. A long gentle s-shaped mound about 2.5ft tall covered in flat stones, winding between the two new play areas. Two built-in benches. A scattered pile of seat sized boulders in rough amphitheater shape.

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

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

Many people said they would come help build in person too. Depending on the contractor, we’re going to need your physical help, and we think it will be in August.

Keep your emails tuned to PathfinderPlayground2014@gmail.com. We’ll post updates on this playground blog.

Thank You – We’re 81% there!

Really Great News! We’re at 81% of our goal! That means we are just about $10,000 away from having the money to build Phase 1 of the playground. I see the end in sight!

Thank you SO MUCH to Katherine Henderson (our fearless organizer), Marination ma kai, and all the well-fed people who went to that fundraiser.

It wouldn’t take too many more business donations to get us to the goal. And if we get further — then we may have enough to do some of Phase 2 at the same time.

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