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.
More info to be announced.
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?
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! Below are two pictures of the fences being pushed out to include grass.
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!
The stages to put it all together:
- 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)!
- 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.
- 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!
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.