August 8, 2016
With temperatures and humidity levels rising throughout the morning, one thing was clear for the 16-17 volunteers who showed up for the first day of elementary playground construction today: they were hot.
In fact, every man had a sweat-soaked tee-shirt by 9 a.m.
Superintendent Jon Peterson, joining in with the group that included other parents, community members, district administrators and Board of Education members, said work was progressing as they had hoped. "We are doing pretty well here - it's all starting to come together but there's still plenty to be done," he said, stopping to talk while holding a handful of bolts.
Construction and assembling will continue on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. in two-hour shifts: 8-10 am, 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm and 3-5 pm. Peterson said that anybody is welcome, whether they can contribute a full two hours or not. However, he said the Monday session has been canceled. Any community members who were going to attend Monday - PLEASE ATTEND ON SATURDAY INSTEAD.
Like a big Lego set, parts were labeled and spread across a table. The blue and yellow large plastic and metal parts were laid in rows across the pavement before they were assembled.
Principal Nick Criscone said he hopes that the project will be complete by the last week of August. He said children will be allowed to play there but that a formal opening will happen on the first day of school.
Peterson said the final two pieces of the project will be spreading mulch across the entire area below the playground equipment and a walkway around the playground will be completed.
Representatives from the playground manufacturer, Titan, were on location to help guide the project. Target, through a grant written by Board of Education member Aaron Flynn, donated $20,000 toward the cost of the playground.
Today, the school also set up a mini-daycare center in the school's gymnasium for any parents who wanted to help but needed care for their children.
Here are a few photos of the elementary playground assembling and construction.
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