The following is a brief update, summary of action taken, anticipated next steps and tentative timelines.
- Summary of action taken:
- Additional playground games, toys, balls ordered and delivered to all sites
- Demolition of all old structures
- Safety fencing in place at all sites
- Ongoing interaction between school sites and playground manufacturer
- Nearly 2 months of almost daily interaction with safety experts
- Safety studies and analysis of surface options
- Pour in place at various depths
- Wood chips
- Interlocking tiles (various thickness)
- Weekly (at least) coordinated interface between playground manufacturer, architects, safety consultant and construction management
- Anticipated next steps:
- Finalize and submit playground order (by February 19th)
- Tentative 8 week time for manufacturing (Late April/Early May)
- Complete Site Surveys and Soil Reports (February 26th)
- Finalize surface product/depth (by February 12)
- Architect to complete project drawings and specifications (Mid-March)
- Projects to Bid/Bid Walks (Early April)
- Ground/surface prep (Early May)
- Installation (Mid May – Summer Completion)
Although the process has taken longer than anticipated, it is important to know that the delay has been driven by the same reason for the closure – student safety. We have intimately engaged safety experts, considered product research and have facilitated collaboration amongst all stakeholders to ensure this multi-million dollar investment exceeds all safety standards while promoting healthy play for all of our students.
Our compliments and appreciation to our elementary school students and staff for their patience and understanding.