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.



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!

Pecado Bueno Dinner Thank You!

Our final total is in from the Pecado Bueno Dinner, and you helped us raise $3,285 toward our playground!!!

The line was out the door for over an hour!

The line was out the door for over an hour!

The community showed up in a big way and we are so grateful to be able to update our school fundraising timeline – we’re up to $30,000! And a big thanks to Pecado Bueno for donating everything from the Taco Buffet food to the kind service as over 200 of us dined out on a week day night. Let’s show them some love and thank them when it’s time to grab dinner out!

Let’s keep it up, please check out our crowd source campaign on Indiegogo:


Help us transform the tiny playground and endless asphalt by eating dinner out in West Seattle!

Help us transform the tiny playground and endless asphalt by eating dinner out in West Seattle!

WHAT: Enjoy a delicious Mexican Buffet at Pecado Bueno, 4567 California Ave. SW, Seattle, Wa. 98116

WHEN: Jan. 28th, 5-8pm.

HOW IT WORKS: Buffet costs $15 adults / $10 kids (Kids 2 and under are free) – wrist bands sold at the door. Regular dining doesn’t qualify for our fundraiser, but is available.

Menu Details:
The buffet will indeed be a build your own taco bar!
Options include Corn or Flour Tortillas, Beef, Pork or Butternut Squash with all the fixings + the beans and rice are vegan.
Allergy info: Gluten-free options such as corn tortillas, for Celiacs, note that there are flour products in the kitchen and nearby. The only thing the owner could say for certain is that everything is nut free.

PS: There will be face painting! AND a raffle for a $100 Recycled Glass tile so you can put your name or a short quote on the playground.

Huge Thanks to James of Pecado Bueno for giving us this generous opportunity.


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!

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!

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