Sierra House to showcase new playground |

Sierra House to showcase new playground

Work on the Sierra House Elementary School playground should be completed by the middle of the month.

Thanks to $35,000 raised by the school’s parents club and a $20,000 donation from Lake Tahoe Unified School District, youngsters will be climbing, sliding and swinging in style by the time school starts in the fall.

Many people were involved in equipment selection.

Students picked out favorite playground pieces and parents and staff were invited to vote, as well.

A playground committee compiled data from all three sources and provided it to equipment manufacturers, which returned a design proposal based on the needs and price range indicated.

The committee selected one major piece complete with slides, overhead climbers and a center stage from Miracle Recreation and purchased additional pieces from Playworld Systems.

“There’s one huge piece that’s all connected and then there are three little pieces sort of spread throughout the area,” said district craftsworker/carpenter Jeff Collier, who is working on the project along with George Anaya and Daryl Quandt, also district employees. “There’s also a swing set that needs to be put in.”

Collier said the project is taking longer than anticipated since he and his crew also are working on other summer projects.

“Summer is our busy time,” he said. “The kids go away and we get to do little remodels and put in playground equipment and stuff that we can’t do during the school year because it causes too much disruption.”

Collier, who also headed up the installation of the new playground at Tahoe Valley Elementary School, said he enjoys the work.

“It’s fun. I get a kick out of doing the playgrounds,” he said. “This is going pretty good. It’s a big improvement over what they had (at Sierra House). The stuff that was there was probably original equipment from when the school was built.”

The district’s monetary contribution will fund the playground’s containment box and fall impact material. The fill material is made up of a soft, shredded, bark-type substance.

Facilities Director Steve Morales said the district crew completed most of the structural work and likely will pour footing today or Tuesday. Once the footings are settled and the concrete is poured, the fall impact material will be added.

“We’ve been working on this on and off for weeks,” Morales said. “I would guess that it will be ready for the kids around the 15th or 16th (of August).”

The new playground will meet state safety standards, according to Collier, who said the district’s insurance company inspects the area to make sure there are no head or hand/finger entrapments and that there are proper clearances between equipment pieces.

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