Playground Build Days: July 26-31, 2016
The current playground at Hermon Hutchens Elementary School in Valdez, Alaska is in dire need of replacement. After countless cases of splinters and playground components being decommissioned regularly, the HHES PTA rounded up a dedicated group of volunteers to re-imagine and reconstruct the playground through donations and volunteers of the community. The Valdez Community Playground offers this town a unique opportunity to directly contribute to the well being of visiting and local children.
A Volunteer Driven Effort
The Valdez Community Playground Committee has embraced the concept that a volunteer-built playground builds a sense of community and pride in the structure. This ensures a long life and care of this playground, reducing the need for maintenance and replacement. The HHES PTA has looked towards Leathers and Associates to assist in the design and planning for the playground. Leathers has been part of over 3,000 playgrounds, including 10 in Alaska.
A Unique Playground Crafted to Needs of the Community
Our playground design is the result of careful planning and input provided by the children of Valdez. Students submitted drawings and met with playground designers to help determine which elements should be incorporated in the future playground. The Valdez Community Playground design is tailored to the Valdez community, reflecting our history, community interests, and local environment.
As the motive for replacing the current playground, the safety of children is our first and foremost priority. The playground design conforms with ASTM International and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and guidelines. The new playground will be ADA compliant. The design and construction consultants employed by Leathers and Associates are certified playground safety inspectors (CPSI’s) by the National Recreation and Parks Association. Upon completion, our playground will receive a final inspection by a CPSI qualified examiner.
HHES PTA – Project Playground
PO Box 542
Valdez, Alaska 99686