Playground Project 2016 Update

Thank you for over 500 voters who participated May 9-13 to vote for Viewlands new play structure design. The winner by a landslide is Play Creation- Landscape Structures!!!- showing the Netplex 7-post Skyport Climber. This climber’s vertical net tunnel will transport kids to multiple levels of fun with five perches to hang out amidst the cable complex. Extended from the Netplex 7-post main structure, youth will discover the SwiggleKnots Bridge, LolliLadder, Chinning Bar, Rush Slide, Sol Spinner, and TightRope Bridge.

playgroundIn the next 30 days, we will obtain grading permits & come under contract with GreenTech Excavation Inc. to perform the base bid scope of the project. We are pleased the bidding process went smoothly and received 6 strong bids. The Playground Improvement Project Committee will work with the General Contractor, School District & Barker Landscape Architects to determine dates in July, August, September, October for volunteer work parties to be performed. The goal is to involve over 150 individuals, who have pledged volunteer hours to the overall project success, at various stages of Phase I work. Creative Kids has donated childcare hours to the Playground Improvement Project success for parents to receive free childcare during the time they volunteer at designated work party events. The Legacy Campaign donor recognition bricks and pavers have been approved by the School District at the various donor levels. You can read more about this at We will finalize the engraved bricks and pavers “text” directly with individual donors, at the various donor levels, during the month of June!!!

Please contact the Playground Improvement Project Committee at

  • if you would like to receive email updates this summer regarding the playground project work parties planned- subject line “keep me in the loop”
  • would like more information about donor recognition bricks or pavers- subject line “bricks or pavers”
  • would like to pledge 2-5 hours of volunteer time toward the project success this summer (includes free childcare during designated work party events)- subject line “pledge time”.

4759535950_3da0ea181e_oThank you to our 260+ donors who have helped raise over $50,000 to make Viewlands Playground Project a reality! Thank you to the Department of Neighborhoods Large Project Fund and King County Youth Sports Facility Grant for their combined grant support of $175,000! Thank you to VEPTSA for donating their time as the fiscal sponsor for this significant playground improvement! Thank you in advance to Jimmy John’s (at 132nd and Aurora), QFC (Holman Road) and Verity Credit Union who have offered to team up with us at various work party events! Thank you to Barker Landscape Architects for their excellence with the construction documents, bidding process and construction administration! Thank you Creative Kids! Thank you to Principal Ota, Viewlands staff, families and friends, for your ongoing support!

As my dad likes to say “Getting it done so we can have fun”!!!

Thank you in advance for your participation, many hands make light work, and a great time to connect with those in our community.

Christel Peterson
VEPTSA Playground Project Chair

Place Your Vote for Viewlands New Play Structure: May12th

The top two play equipment proposals will be posted in the courtyard May 9-13, for students, parents, staff and local community, to review the top two design proposals, and prepare to vote May 12th.  Play structure renderings will be posted in the courtyard for your review beginning May 9th.  Viewlands Elementary PTSA, the School and School District invites your participation, to provide your input/feedback on the final design that would best serve older students at Viewlands, ages 9-12 years old and older youth in the community.  The new equipment selected here will compliment the existing play structure we currently have on site.   Voting will take place May 12th, at Evening of the Arts, 5:30pm-7pm.  When you sign in at the Art Walk event, you will receive one voting ticket, one per person, to place your vote during the Art Walk event.  Thank you in advance for you participation in this selection process.  The final equipment chosen is subject to a bit of tweaking to meet school and Risk Management requirements.

Playground Donor Drive & Legacy Campaign

Dear Neighbors & Friends to Viewlands Elementary,

Viewlands PTSA, Playground Improvement Steering Committee, is in the final preparations to start Phase I playground improvements, summer 2016.  We have secured construction details of the new play structure area and will ask the Viewlands community to vote & help select the final play equipment in the coming weeks of May. We have seen an amazing show of support directly from over 200 donors to reach our Fall 2015 fundraising goal of $25,000.

Now, Spring 2016, we are inviting a new set of donors to help us raise the final $25,000 needed, to secure final components of the project, including the embankment slide with rubber surfacing, and boulder components thoughtfully prepared in the final construction plans. We welcome each and every $ raised, May-June 10th, from local neighbors to the school, community members, business partners and local organizations.

Thank you for your kind consideration in making a financial gift today to make this a gathering place, with purposeful and accessible areas for play, exercise and recreation for all; to strengthen community ties for many years to come, uniting five local neighborhoods, thousands of local residents, of all ages, who will individually and collectively benefit from this revitalized shared space!!!

Now is your chance to leave a legacy for the future, making a financial gift today, in support of Viewlands Elementary PTSA (VEPTSA) Playground Improvement Project! The planned multi-sport field and play area improvements will truly benefit our local community for years to come! Please return the “Donor Drive + Legacy Campaign” flier below with your tax deductible donation to address below:

VEPTSA – Legacy Campaign

10525 3rd Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98177


Viewlands Elementary PTSA, Playground Improvement Steering Committee

2016 Viewlands Elementary Spring Auction

Spring Auction Invite

Viewlands 2016 Spring Auction

Join the Viewlands PTSA for Drinks, Snacks & Silent Auction to raise funds for the Viewlands Elementary PTSA.


When:  Sunday, April 24th from 6 – 9pm
Where: Naked City Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N.
Who: 21 and over only
Cost: $20/person through April 20th.  $25/person @ door. To purchase tickets with personal check, visit the school office for an order form.  Admission includes 1 beverage and appetizers.  Purchase of tickets will add you to the guest list at the door.  Bring cash to participate in games and raffle.

We are still looking for donations of Auction Items!  Do you or your family/friends own or work at a business that might be able to donate?  Want to put together a gift basket as an auction item?  Can you pick up a bottle of wine or two to donate for our Wine Raffle?  Contact Gina Speer email for more information!

Advance Tickets Available via Eventbrite.

Join Viewlands Elementary PTSA (VEPTSA)

PTSA Membership flierUpcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, April 20th 6:30-7:30 PM- General Membership Meeting to elect your new PTSA board for the 2016-2017 school year
  • Sunday, April 24th 6:00- 9:00 PM-Viewlands Spring Social: Adult only cocktail party & silent auction-Naked City Brewery & Taphouse

Why Join?

  • Get Connected.There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
  • Tap into a Network.Meet other parents and teachers and discussing issues that are on your mind.
  • Speak Up.PTSA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at the school

How Do You Join?
Obtain a form from the school main office and return with payment to the office.

Know a Great Candidate for the VEPTSA?
If you or anyone you know would like to be an officer for next year, please email your nomination to Mamatha Reddy email .  Deadline is March 16th!


Viewlands Elementary Playground Improvement Project: Thanks!!!

child swingThank you to the 22 local organizations below who gave a contribution to Viewlands Playground

Avid Landscape
Broadview Garden Club
Boeing Matching
Childish Things
Creative Kids Learning Center
Frock Boutique
Greenwood Hardware
KBA, Inc.
Livingway Foursquare Church
Microsoft Matching
North Seattle Pediatrics
Paris Plumbing, Inc.
Salvation Army Seattle Temple
Seattle Foundation
Shoreline Central Market
Starbucks Matching
Swansons Nursery
Viewlands Elementary PTSA
Veraci Pizza, Inc.
Veranda Montessori
Windermere Foundation

Viewlands Elementary Playground Improvement Project Update!

Dear Friend of Viewlands, 

It’s a happy 4th!!! November 4th!!! which culminated the Viewlands Playground Donor Drive + Legacy Campaign and over $45,000 raised!!!
The total $ donated and received to VEPTSA for the Playground Donor Drive + Legacy Campaign (Oct. 14-Nov. 4th)= $45,579
The count today from this last week was $23,371 (which includes an extremely generous $15,000 private donor contribution through the Seattle Foundation and the numerous donations combined via check or credit card from individual donors).  I want to thank everyone who helped with outreach for this Legacy Campaign and on behalf of the VEPTSA, we genuinely thank each and every donor!!!
What an inspirational team effort and significant results, beyond what I even imagined.  Remarkable!!! The Viewlands Playground project will become a reality this summer 2016!!!
We have exceeded our goal, which is fabulous, and will allow us to accomplish more of Phase I.
The new play structure area is now confirmed, along with grass field renovation and associated site infrastructure/pathways to the new play area!!  plus whatever more we can financially accomplish (1/8 mile permeable asphalt track- 8 feet wide, embankment slide area or natural hillside pathway/outdoor classroom seating, stage area) with the additional funds that come our way Nov. 5th-March 4th 2016!!!
It’s still not too late to give… as all funds that can be leveraged (Nov. 5th-March 4th) will support additional improvements prioritized by the community and significantly benefit the entire school and local community!!!
Thanks for your partnership again and taking on the challenge to find 4 donors… to truly be inspired!!!  
Inspiring results!!!  
Sincerely, Christel Peterson

Viewlands Elementary Playground Improvement Project Needs Your Help!

The project has been awarded the $75,000 King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant and a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Large Project Fund Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods. In order to complete this project, our community must raise our cash match portion by November 4, 2015.  Please see the Playground Project 2016 page for more information or download the flier.viewlandsLegacy