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!
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.
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.
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!