Work to start on new Westgate Elementary playground

Westgate student Phoenix Cloutier stands amid the rubble left after the removal of old playground equipment Saturday.

Out with the old playground, in with the new one.

After four years of planning and fundraising, the aging playground equipment at Westgate Elementary was removed Saturday and installation work will begin soon on the new Westgate Elementary Playground and Community Park project.

The project not only will provide new play areas for the students at the school, but will also serve as a neighborhood park for the community during non-school hours.  Play equipment will be replaced on both the primary and intermediate playgrounds, and the primary play equipment will be moved away from its current location along the fence, which borders a busy street. Other upgrades include moving the tetherball and basketball equipment, repaving portions of the playground, painting and planting new shrubbery and trees.

The Westgate Parent Staff Organization (PSO) has spearheaded the playground replacement effort through a variety of fund-raising activities. The project has also received support from the community.  Since the renovated playground/park will fill the need for a neighborhood park in the Westgate community, the City of Edmonds is providing $25,000 in matching funds for the effort.  In addition, Westgate will be receiving $104,500 (55 percent matching funds) from the Edmonds School District Capital Partnership program.

Thanks to Westgate parents Priya and Todd Cloutier for providing the photo and playground update.

  1. Pilchuck Contractors located in Kirkland , WA will be volunteering at Westgate Elementary school on July 10th and the 17th. Pilchuck saw an article regarding the lack of funding and how the project would likely be delayed another year. Pilchuck will be donating equipment and materials to demo the existing play ground equipment, grade the play areas and create a new bark area for play. Our sub-contractor AA Asphalt is donating their time and equipment to repair a large asphalt area. Other contractors involved are: The Hydroseeder.

    1. What a great donation of services – thanks to Pilchuck Contractors, AA Asphalt and The Hydroseeder doing this for Edmonds!

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