You’ll want to be sure to stop by and see the new sound and sensory area on the preschool age playground. Thank YOU for your support of our fundraisers throughout the last few years. We used fundraising money to make this update!
I wish I had a picture of how the front “vine tunnel” area looked before we started the renovation. Let’s just say it was overgrown and wasn’t enticing any longer. The ditch that is a water drain system was always clogged and also full of weeds. Therefore we decided to make some changes.
Epic Landscape removed all the overgrown weeds, rocks and cleaned out the drainage ditch. It was amazing to see how quickly the area opened up.
They added the large boulders, our concrete and rock “river” and laid the large pavers for a walking path. Already the space had a sense of order and peace. I will give them a “shout out” for the great work they did!
We also had to replace our shed so you can see the new concrete pad in place ready for a new shed. This is a great time for me to give a huge thank you to my family. My husband, daughter and sister all helped with various parts of this playground. I appreciate my family’s support in all my projects!
Our butterfly chairs make a great first impression of the space. I plan to add a tic-tac-toe game onto the “stump” table.
Probably the highlight of the area is our music instruments. The church bell chimes, “croaking” frog wood strikers and our hand drums (the green boxes that children can sit on and then tap the front panel with their hands) all offer some wonderful interest to the kids.
Another goal of this space was to bring natural elements into the playground. The rocks, stone pavers and wood elements do that wonderfully. I’ve already heard children calling the wood bridge a “drawbridge” as they play. Our wind spinner is also an attraction.
The large turtle statue is also a wonderful addition. His name is Tucker (in remembrance of many small red-eared slider turtles we used to have in tanks inside – all of which were named Tucker.) As the sign says, we hope to teach the children about gentleness as they play with him in the hopes that his head won’t crack off. That won’t be a pleasant event for any child.
We also hid several concrete animals in the river bed. Hopefully the kids will enjoy going on a hunt for the items such as the large Megalodon tooth (a mold of a prehistoric shark tooth that is huge!), small animals such as this bumpy toad (my favorite!) and a couple of fossils molds.
The mulch, log, rock and wood area beside the shed seems to make a great dinosaur habitat.
And finally the swing bench offers a great spot for reflection and conversation. I already got to spend some time out there getting to re-connect with some of our blue class friends.
Watch for even more to be added. Once this heat finally reduces a little we plan to add a couple of small trees and a few more plants.
I would be remiss in talking about the playground without thanking our staff for their work in cleaning things up. As part of our set up days everyone helped trim trees, pull weeds, wash structures and do some repairs. I love our playground AND I love our staff and their dedication to this place!!