When existing equipment on elementary school playgrounds reaches the end of its useful lifespan, administrators and other school stakeholders often need to act swiftly to ensure that hazardous components are removed.
And this can lead to some very uninspiring schoolyard play spaces if there is no budget for new equipment.
Luckily, this is where coordinated, effective fundraising by parent groups and community booster clubs frequently saves the day. Such is the case in one of our highly anticipated new installation projects at Allenwood Elementary School in New Jersey’s Wall Township.
Sustained Fundraising Effort Pays Off
As reported in an article by Sanne Young from earlier this summer in The Coast Star, Allenwood Elementary’s Parent Teacher Group (PTG) raised money for five years in order to create a new playground built to the latest safety standards and promoting inclusive play. Their dedication netted $110,000 for the cause of providing the next generation with a fun and accessible playground.
It also represents an impressive success that we applaud and appreciate working with here at River Valley Recreation. Indeed, we find that groups who fundraise for their projects tend to have the greatest anticipation for their new playground and take the most pride in seeing smiles on excited kids’ faces when the playground is finally unveiled.
This is why we help the groups we work with find funding resources for their playgrounds, as needed.
Installation Getting Underway Now
Students are due to arrive back at Allenwood Elementary during the first week of September, which means our experienced installation team from River Valley Recreation is getting ready to bring the new playground to life in the coming weeks during August 2019.
We are proud of our track record of creating fun and high-quality playgrounds that exceed our organizational partners’ expectations and will be sure to update with more about the new Allenwood playground later!
You can read more about the project in the July 11, 2019 edition of The Coast Star newspaper (paywall) or get in touch with us at River Valley Recreation now. If you’re part of a community group planning a new playground in the Mid-Atlantic region, we’d love to show you how we can bring value—and fun—to kids at your park or school with a new recreational space! Thanks again to the Allenwood Elementary School PTG and school officials for the opportunity to build an exciting and inclusive new playground for their students!