Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek of the playground. The fences will come down once the district has checked it over to make sure it was installed correctly, and the playground looks safe enough for the kids. Then the classrooms must bring their kids out and give them a run-down on the rules. THEN SPS will remove the safety fencing.

We’re planning on having the opening ceremony on Thursday September 24th, right after school.

Nathan parker works on the grouting for the bench below.



Slide bars, two sets of overhead bars, rope climbers, wobbly disks, and two spinners can be seen.

IMG_20150907_125153  IMG_20150903_114139 A teeter totter for 7 or more kids to be on together! (check with the playground supervisors for actual numbers…)


Playground Install a Success!

Over 100 Capital One volunteers, and more than 20 Pathfinder volunteers 5 or more neighbors, and one alumnus showed up on a very rainy day to get messy and build a playground. And boy did they!


Digging out the pad for the new bike racks.

11988227_10208013647963051_6483307206998631290_nMany, many different pieces of equipment were sorted, unwrapped, put in the right place and assembled.


Ann Marie helps secure a platform.


Chris Wells digs a post hole



Bill Reswig fills in a posthole.


Jackie uses her contractor skills to rebuild the benches.

The picnic tables were completely remade!

The mural was enlarged, thanks to the design of our middle school art teacher, Pamela Bigatel, and the painting by volunteers.11986595_10208013643242933_8394219443313003363_n

Lots of mulch was spread. Lots and lots of mulch.

Lunchroom tables were scrubbed.

Emergency water jugs were placed in each classroom. Thank you to Capital One for donating the water.


It was a lot of work, but so many hands made it a day of successes. We all went home wet, and happy with all we’d accomplished.


Jennifer and Jami help garden.

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

Our Teacher’s Light and Love Inspire Giving

Great Playground News! We’ve had another jump in our funding, thanks in part to the Gates Foundation matching money (yay!), and in a larger part to an anonymous donor at Schwab Charitable Fund.

Schwab wrote, “We are pleased to present you with the enclosed grant in the amount of $1,000 made on behalf of an anonymous donor at Schwab Charitable Fund. This grant is made in recognition of Janet Osborn​ who brings so much light and love into the donor’s life.”

Janet Osborn is a K-1 (Salmon Clan) teacher at Pathfinder K-8. She is much loved, and missed this year by her students, their families, and the staff, as she has been on sick leave. We wish her health and rest, and thank her for inspiring others with her Light and Love!

Let’s get started!

Pathfinder K8 is pleased to announce that we won a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Grant to rebuild our playground! With $25,000 we can get started by hiring a designer, and recruiting volunteers to match the funds through donated time. Our plan includes hosting 3 public meetings to develop the playground in a way that best serves you, the school and community. A huge thank you to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for helping our community work together to build a better playground.

Want to help us get started? We need your input! Anyone who uses the playground is encouraged to participate. Please tell us what matters to you at the Pathfinder K8 Playground by filling out our short (6 question) online survey: click here to fill it out.

Stay tuned…