By Lisa Williams
The Shelburne Community School Playground Committee is pleased to announce that the Snelling Park and Playground Renovation Project has scheduled the installation of the new structure for Saturday Aug. 1. The committee has been working for months to plan various improvements for the outdoor recreational area and playground at the school, based on a concept plan donated by Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture. The SCS School Board has awarded contracts, by competitive bid to: Pettinelli and Associates, for the new play equipment, and Moe Dubois for the excavating site work.
This renovation upgrades the site that was established in 1994 as Snelling Park. Wear and tear on the wooden structure, safety issues and a lack of accessibility for wheel-chair access prompted the School Board to allocate basic funding and then create a committee to design and further fundraise for this exciting improvement for the community.
The new playground and park area will have improved ADA accessibility, natural features, and amenities that will create an inclusive environment to support activities for wider community enjoyment. A ramped play structure with new climbers, swings and slides; a wheel chair swing; and fit stations will be installed this summer. A new pavilion, benches, additional trees and plantings will be phased in over the next few months.
Many thanks are due to the generous donations that have been received from local groups, such as: SCHIPS, SCS PTO, the Pizzagalli Foundation, the Shelburne/Charlotte Rotary, Ben and Jerry’s Community Fund, Shelburne Girls on the Run program and The Merrill Foundation. Additional funds were raised from the parents and extended families of SCS students. State and Federal grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Caring for Canopy Grant, and other Wellness grants have been awarded to this project. This widespread support contributes to a valuable investment in the outdoor recreational facilities at Snelling Park.
A volunteer effort to construct the play structure is planned to help minimize installation costs on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 8am until noon. Please RSVP to Lisa Williams at LisaWvt@hotmail.com if you are able to contribute your time. Ages 12 and up only, with an adult, please.
Financial donations are still needed for the additional features and can be made online www.YouCaring.com/SCSPlayground or by check to: SCS PTO, 345 Harbor Road.