Monthly Archives: May 2016

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 viewlands.org 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 viewlandsplayground@gmail.com

  • 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.

Sincerely,
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.
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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:
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VEPTSA – Legacy Campaign

10525 3rd Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98177

Sincerely,

Viewlands Elementary PTSA, Playground Improvement Steering Committee
Questions: viewlandsplayground@gmail.com