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PLAYGROUND PLANNING TIMELINE

The BPC AND BROOK PARK SCHOOL needs your support in RAISING FUNDS for a NEW PLAYGROUND

Why are we still raising money for the playground?  Why doesn’t the referendum include a new playground?  Didn’t we raise enough money last year?

1. There was money set aside in the referendum, but only enough to replace the existing playground structure.

2.  Superintendent Dr. Kuzniewski asked the BPC to assist with this project as a way to increase student and family input.

3.  That feedback lead to requests for upgraded equipment.  Students, teachers, parents, and the nurse all asked for an upgrade from wood chips to pour-in-place rubber base.  This is a major expense that will have benefits reaching beyond less muddy shoes.  The benefits include: 

  • ability to drain after weather incidents…meaning kids can get on the equipment earlier in the year and after inclement weather
  • cushioned surface for falls which will reduce injuries
  • easier maintenance
  • saving money over time


How was the cost decided?

The BPC received early estimates from companies.  We geared our fundraising around these estimates.  Then after the Walk and Golf outing success last year, we altered our fundraising plan to do fewer events with the hope that we can be equally successful this year.

What about grants?

We looked into and applied for some grants.  Unfortunately, we do not qualify for most.  The ones we applied for we did not receive.

What happens if we raise more than needed for the Playground Project?

This is a GREAT problem to have, but one that is unlikely. 

…because playground equipment IS NOT CHEAP! In order to maximize our reduced space and our budget, we need more upper level play with below level play.  This means more kids can move, be active, and use equipment
Once this “permanent structure” is in place, we can look at Phase 2 options for moveable equipment…like goals and gaga pits, etc. and/or equipment with a shorter life span…like balls, jump ropes, etc.
We can take funds and look at additional projects and needs within school for areas not impacted by the referendum funding:  older class technology and furniture, other needs that arise next year, etc.

I have heard things here and there about the Playground Project, but overall…what’s been happening?

From organizing to fundraising and planning to communicating, several different teams have taken on the various aspects and subprojects.  If you visit the BPC website, you can read the timeline of events.

www.brookparkcouncil.org/playground-updates.html
 
What does the School Board think?

Superintendent Dr. Kuzniewski has kept them informed on our progress over the last year.  On March 14, 2019, the BPC Board presented the ideal plan to the School Board and audience.  The plan was well received and several members acknowledged the time, energy, and effort that has gone into this project…especially in taking time to ask all stakeholders…especially students…for their input numerous times and ways.  



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