Individual Donor Fundraising Underway!

With our playground just over 70% funded through community grants, we need your help to raise the rest – $50,000! We would love to see construction start this summer 2015, and with your support we can do it. We’ve got 4 months and change to get there.

We’re excited about our creative fundraising touch – adding engraved boulders and tiles to showcase this community support. Can you imagine adding your kids’ names to the playground in such a beautiful way? Or even, your favorite quote or motto?

Here’s a look at the beautiful glass tiles that will adorn our playground with YOUR name/quote/motto on them:

Left to right tiles: $250, $100, $50.

Left to right tiles: $250, $100, $50.

Of course, we’re accepting all donations, even if you don’t want your name on a tile. Here’s how you can give directly, fill out the form below:

Each donation goes directly to our PTSA where it will be marked for the playground, and your donor recognition details will be stored securely. From $50 to $5,000, every dollar counts – thank you!


Update: Grant Awarded, Playground Paint Party!

The Pathfinder Playground Revamp was awarded the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund large grant! Thanks to the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods for helping us really get the ball rolling with our new design.

August Paint Party:

August 21st the playground is getting a little facelift in preparation for our new design. With a Capital One $4,000 grant for the school, we are having a work party to do projects all over the school–and the playground is one of them. That means we can get started painting the braided stream and adding new features like a labyrinth and accurate US map.

Are you ready to help us on August 21st? We need 6-8 folks ready to help lead the volunteers for the day, help organize supplies the day before, and a few creatives to help us make stencils to add some critter prints to the playground. Interested? Email – Thank You!

Here’s a peek at the new design! The school district is still working on the feasibility of the fence changes, but we expect that to be part of phase one. If fundraising needs are met, and the bids come in as expected, the equipment and surfacing of the blue areas will also be Phase 1.

Pathfinder Final Plan Labeled

Meet Our Playground Designer!

We have chosen a design company that has the skills to translate our needs and dreams into reality, Johnson Southerland.

If you have played recently on the playgrounds at Seward Park, Salmon Bay, or Seattle Country Day School then you have experienced their designs. More examples of their work can be found at

Mark your calendars for our first community meeting on April 30th, 5:30-7pm at Pathfinder. Please come, and bring your kids. Your participation at this meeting counts not only toward shaping our playground design, but also toward volunteer hours required for our next grant application (the big one that will help us actually build it).

pathplay2Keep an eye out for Playground Volunteers collecting pledges — the time you commit to volunteer will help us get the Large Neighborhood Matching Grant. For example, if you can plan on attending each design meeting (3 x 2 hours), you could pledge 6 hours. We also need folks who can help us put up posters, make copies, help host our big meetings, and make sure every family at Pathfinder knows about the project.

Want to sign up now? Click here:

Save The Date:  April 30th, 5:30-7:00! And these dates for future playground meetings: May 20th, June 16th (there will be ice cream)!