On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, a ceremony was held at East Hill Elementary School to honor and celebrate the closing of their wooden castle playground. The Capital Project includes replacing this playground with a more modern and compliant playground called a Playscape.
The current playground was built by the hands of many volunteers in the late 1980's under the direction of head volunteers Jane Goot and Mary Anne Clark. Unfortunately, the playground has reached the end of its usable life. At the ceremony Dr. Brown recognized all of the volunteers who worked on installing the playground.
There was a plan to dig up and open a time capsule that was placed in the ground when the current playground was officially opened in 1989. Unfortunately, the capsule was crushed a few years back and was unavailable to share.
Former East Hill Elementary School principal, John Bome, was unable to attend the ceremony, but shared a letter to be read at the ceremony. (Click here to read the entire letter.)
He shared, "The fact that the playground has served East Hill School and the community for over 25 years is a tribute to the hardwork and dedication of the East Hill community to the benefit of thousands of children who have enjoyed its existence. As I did in 1989, I applaud the efforts of all those whose work has had such lasting effects, and I hope that the next playground will continue to serve the school and the community at large."
A glimpse of the new Playscape (and basketball court and walking path) that was voted on by current East Hill students was shared. The students who helped with the new ideas were there at the cermony, and are very excited to see the new playground and play area when it is built and unveiled.
When asked about the new playground that her students have helped to develop, current East Hill Elementary School Principal Lisa Craig shared, "We felt it was important to include as many students as possible in the design of the new playground as the students will be the ones playing on it. The whole student body participated in choosing two pieces of equipment and the color scheme. While some students are a bit sad the old playground will be taken down, they are excited about seeing the new playground in the spring."
Click here to view a photo gallery of the event. Also, check out these great videos below.