The second phase of the project was to renovate the land in the front of Gompers Elementary. The most dangerous play equipment was located in this area. The landscaping of this area also posed dangers to the younger children as drainage was inadequate and created a muddy field in the spring and a large sheet of ice in the winter. The school district agreed to update the drainage system when Growing Together was able to make the play improvements on this site.
This slide had the gray hole area patched numerous times. It was finally removed.
This playground has served many children and community members, but the components were falling apart. The poles in the asphalt were leaning and were no longer housing their original components, and the asphalt itself was not conducive for young children. The slide was removed in July 2011. A firefighter’s pole has replaced the slide.
The goal is to replace the main structure and sand box on the front playground and to replace all of the structures other than the swings on the back playground. The play components that are not in a state of disrepair will be kept. Those items include a tire swing, swing set, climbing blocks, and a see saw located on the front playground. On the back play area the swing set is the only structure that will be kept.
This area serves the community as well as students ages 4-9. We will generate service learning components that will allow students, families, and community members to take part in creating the final result of the project. Painting chess and checker boards on top of tables, working on stenciling games on surfacing, and building benches for outdoor classrooms will all serve to give everyone an opportunity to leave their imprint on this area of land.
The equipment replacement structures will be designed to promote multiple aspects of age-appropriate physical fitness in a fun and engaging environment. The inclusion of benches and accessible structures will provide an inviting environment for community and family outings. All of the components of this plan were chosen to provide the best play value, meet all safety standards, and to address community needs.
The desired outcome is to increase activity in all community members so we can build healthier families and ultimately a healthier, more connected community around us.
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