Salmon Bay School playground workshop Tuesday

On Tuesday night, the public has the opportunity to see three initial concepts help finalize the design for the new playground at Salmon Bay School.

Your time at the workshop really is money for the group. The steering committee received a $13,000 small and simple grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to design the new playground. “I personally would like to make an appeal to you that you come, because you make a difference to this project,” Robin Wise Lofstrom the project manager for the renovation writes in an email to neighbors. “Your ideas count – and the donation of your time (and your children as well) counts as well, because every hour you spend on the project’s behalf is counted as a $20 match by the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, whose grant has made this design process possible.” So far 200 out of 300 hours of donated time by residents has been met, so organizers are looking for 100 more hours of donated time.

Rough estimates for this project are anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000 so the group plans to apply for more grants through the city and county. There will also be a fundraising push once the design is finalized and the price tag is more concrete. “Because of the timing of grants, and depending on our fundraising capacity, we’re anticipating that the playground will be built in the summer of 2012, and will open when school resumes in September, 2012,” Lofstrom writes.

The design workshop is Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Salmon Bay School Library (1810 NW 65th St). This will be the last opportunity to refine the design before the final concept is selected next month. More information on the project can be found here.

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