Yesterday was an exciting day for Gatewood as we celebrated the groundbreaking for work on the playground. Students, teachers and staff, families, school district staff, and neighbors gathered to cheer the imminent creation of some awesome new play spaces for our kids and community. We’re just waiting on permits, and the work begins! The West Seattle … More Groundbreaking for the playground!
The Gatewood team continues to make steady progress toward playground improvements. Here’s a December update from Linnea Westerlind: We are excited to announce that we have raised $47,495 to date in addition to our $100,000 matching grant from the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods. We received 5 bids from contractors for playfield construction. The … More Go, team!
For your viewing pleasure, here’s the latest rendering of the design for playfield improvements! (I think those are cats playing soccer.) It’s pretty exciting to see the varied spaces students will be able to enjoy, with options for active, nature-based, and imaginative play in all weather. With a solid base of funding from the City … More Playfield design and fundraising campaign
The good news has been posted elsewhere in the past couple of months, but to celebrate here as well: in August we were awarded a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant to implement playfield improvements! All of our hard work in the past year–to design improved and more diverse play spaces in our current playfield and … More Ready for playfield improvements
We’re making good progress on the design for the southwest corner of our playground (the current playfield / mud puddle). Over 300 people–Gatewood and Cottage School students, families, teachers, and neighbors–provided feedback on the three design options presented in various venues in March. From that feedback, we’ve merged the favorite elements from each into one design, … More Latest on playground improvements
With the able professional services of Karen Kiest, landscape architect, we now have draft design sketches for improvements in the SW corner of our playground. We will be posting these sketches for community viewing and feedback next week: at our PTA meeting on Monday night, 3/13, 6:30-8pm and at our Art Walk/Open House on Thursday, 3/16, 5:30-7pm. Please … More Playground design sketches
Good news! We received word yesterday that we won a $5,000 Small Sparks grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to complete design and construction documents for improvements in the southwest corner of our playground. Our generous PTA will be providing additional matching funds to make this happen. The work we do in the next few months will prepare … More Grant for playground design
We had over 70 people respond to our school survey about improvements we’d like to see in the southwest corner of the playground (the field). Thanks to everyone who responded! The top five elements desired in the southwest corner of the playground (current field) were ranked by students and adults as follows: Students’ Ranking Adults’ Ranking … More Playground survey results
After talking more with the school district and having a playground meeting this week, here is the approach we are proposing for the coming months to move forward with playground improvements: Immediate improvements. Move forward with benches, planters, and a rain barrel at the portable to provide a more pleasant seating area and a bit … More Playground Update of the Week
What’s next in greening our schoolyard? Starting work in the garden! After a few presentations and meetings over the past couple of weeks, we have a green light from the school and district to move ahead with garden improvements. Teachers are excited, school leadership is supportive, and the district is behind us as long as … More Next steps?