Pathfinder Playground: Success And Progress Update

What a summer! With a design selected, we have been hard at work to raise the funds to build our playground into a space that fully serves our students and greater community.

The braided stream was painted with a few dozen volunteers!

The braided stream was painted with a few dozen volunteers!

With volunteers and funding from Capitol One, we started rebuilding the playground with a paint party! This was an amazing work party day with over 130 people that included Pathfinder parents and staff. This generous volunteer day alone crossed out the line item of $500.00 worth of playground painting supplies, and the volunteer hours match was enormous.

The paint party also included a lovely mural designed by Pathfinder's own art teacher.

Capitol One provided enough volunteers to add the Pathfinder compass logo too!

Now, just to put some perspective on our fundraising efforts: A dream playground with everything we could want is estimated to cost around $392,000.00 – after exploring options and prioritizing areas of the playground to do in phases, we are aiming for a $250,000.00 playground in phase one.

This first phase will include the large and small play structure areas, two lovely benches built into a long, winding, climbable stone hill, known in glacial terms as an esker. It will also include a boulder trail, a boulder seating area, and a boulder and wood chip area. The north and south fences will also be pushed out to include some grass in the playground during phase 1.

The paint party also included a lovely mural designed by Pathfinder's own art teacher.

The paint party also included a lovely mural designed by Pathfinder’s own art teacher.

Our fundraising goal is $250k by March 2015 so that we can begin construction of phase 1 on the playground in summer 2015.  So far, we have raised $100k from City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Large Grant; we have been recommended for $75k from a King County grant (pending approval near Thanksgiving), and raised $8,000 from the 2012 auction.

Stay tuned for how you can help us reach our goal!

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