The new Frontier Park Playground, made possible by local students and Graham community members, will open on Tuesday, July 10 with a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.
The remodeled playground is 5,800 square feet and features slides, talk tubes, a tunnel, overhead ladders, bridges, crow's nest, swings, climbing wall, and more. The colorful recycled rubber surfacing allows easy access and improved safety for all users. The playground is designed with access ramps to make it accessible to all children.
"Frontier Park is one of our most beloved parks. Children and families in the Graham area have been waiting for the opening of the new playground with great anticipation. Pierce County Parks & Recreation Services is excited about replacing the aged playground equipment with a new ADA accessible playground with a rubberized surface." said Recreation Superintendent, Scott Hall.
Frontier Park's original play equipment was installed in 1985. In September 2009, the aging play equipment was removed because it was out of compliance with national safety standards.
In January 2010 students from Mr. Bob Hansler's 5th grade class at Kapowsin Elementary School spearheaded the community's efforts to help raise funds to replace the equipment with a new playground that could be used by children and families of all abilities. The "Big Toy Team" was created by Sara Lamrouex, the mother of a student in Mr. Hansler's class.
The team held fundraising events including a spaghetti feed and worked with state representatives and other community groups to raise money for a new playground. Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services received a matching grant from the Washington State Recreation Conservation Office.
"Private donations and a grant from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office provided half of the funding for this project. This is a true testament of partnerships between local community groups and government." said Hall.
As a result of the matching grant, additional funding from Pierce County, and the efforts of the students and local Graham community, the playground will be a treasured asset for years to come.
6 p.m. Dinner - hot dogs, chips and beverage provided by Apple Physical Therapy. Prepared and served by the Chuck Wagon operated by Pierce County's 4-H Horse Department.
6:30-7:15 p.m. - Cooperative play activities presented by Jen Spane, recreation supervisor , Jen Sergent, companionship coordinator and companionship staff
7:15 p.m. - Ribbon cutting ceremony
Welcome and introductionsKaren Ansteth, Pierce County Parks & Recreation Citizen's Advisory Board ChairKathy Kravit-Smith, Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services Director
SpeakersPat McCarthy, Pierce County ExecutiveRoger Bush, Pierce County Councilmember District #3Joyce McDonald, Pierce County Council Chair District #2Kaleen Cottingham, Washington Recreation and Conservation OfficeBob Hansler, Kapowsin Elementary School 5th grade teacher - Bethel School DistrictSara Lamrouex, Parent and Big Toy Team, fundraising coordinator
7:30 p.m. Tour of playground
Frontier Park is located at 21800 Meridian South Graham, WA 98338.
MEDIA CONTACT:Scott Hall, recreation firstname.lastname@example.org