Category Archives: Playground Project 2016

Viewlands Elementary Community Build Day

Adult Volunteers Needed, September 17th, Saturday, 8:30am-5pm

A day dedicated to installing the new play equipment under the direction of PlayCreation Landscape Structures & the help of 32 committed community volunteers, covering shifts throughout the day. The Viewlands PTSA Playground Committee asks that you RSVP for this Community Build Day to ensure we have a solid team, to communicate with in preparation and to make the day a true success!!


Volunteers Needed

Prime time volunteers are needed:

  • 8:30am-1pm (Need 16 core volunteers)
  • 9am-1pm (Need 16 volunteers) Creative Kids is providing free childcare for Viewlands “Community Build Volunteers” with children from 9am-1pm that would like to participate. Please RSVP your children for this free childcare in advance, at text.
  • 1pm-4:30pm (Need 16- volunteers)
  • 3:30pm-5pm (Need 5 volunteers)

If you can help for a different amount of time, we welcome what you can offer, as late as 5pm, for tighten bolts & “clean up” support volunteers!

Please text or call Christel at text or email
the amount of time you can commit, to volunteer on Sept. 17th.

Thank you for your time investment!
Viewlands Elementary PTSA Playground Committee, Seattle Public Schools and Play Creation

Your attention is greatly appreciated at this time, to make a successful community build event!

This project is funded in part by the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.


Structure Location (oval area in photo)

VEPTSA Playground Construction Update

Viewlands Playground Construction Summer Update

Viewlands PTSA Playground Project Committee has seen significant progress over the last 7 weeks, since construction began June 28, 2016. We are very excited to say that the Viewlands Playground Improvement Project construction is on schedule for completion!

Thanks to our community and supportive volunteers who have given time to help with three work parties so far this summer. The collaborative volunteer efforts have been an asset to the overall project.  Volunteers have helped to bring the story line of the playground to life with salmon stamp work into the landing along with placing all donor bricks and pavers to inspire visitors to the new playground area.

We will be eagerly waiting for the new play equipment to be installed, set for Saturday, September 17th. The installation of the new play equipment will require a solid team of volunteers and your time donated to the project will be instrumental in this final work party effort to complete the new big kids play area.
If you are interested in helping with this community build of the new play equipment, please email

Thanks again to our school and local community for all your support!!!

Viewlands Elementary PTSA is looking forward to many youth enjoying this newly constructed play space, tentatively the 1st of October, 2016.  Please check back for an official “Grand Opening” date and celebration!

Thank you Green Tech Excavation Inc., Barker Landscape Architects and Avid Landscape!



Playground Project Construction Starting

PlaygroundViewlands Elementary PTSA is excited to let you know construction will be  starting on our playground project JUNE 28, 2016!

During construction, the lower grass field will be entirely closed. The site  work is expected to be complete by end of summer, and the play  equipment installed sometime in September through a community-­build – date to be determined. We hope you’ll join us to install the equipment.

As a separate project, the School District is installing portables on the main  playground, so the main playground will be closed intermittently during the  summer. Thank you for your understanding!

If you have any questions about our PTSA project, and/or you’d like to sign up to help in September,  you may contact: or Christel at 206.291.6902. This project is  funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle.

Thank you to GreenTech Excavation, Barker Landscape Architects, Landscape Structures, Ballard Tree Service Inc. & Seattle Public Schools!




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

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

Public Review of First Phase of Viewlands Playground Improvement

viewlands_meetingViewlands Elementary has been awarded a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to prepare construction documents for the first phase of playground improvement.

Through this meeting we aim to build community partners among neighbors, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local groups. Join us and find out how you can be involved in funding and final construction!

Please join us at Viewlands Elementary School for our final public meeting on Monday, March 2nd from 6:30-8:00 PM to review 50% design documents. We will provide you with detailed information about the playground improvements being proposed.

Individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend. Help us fulfill the vision of the 2014 campus master plan!

We’ll see you on March 2nd!