Shelburne Community School co-principal Allan Miller said all 800 students and staff came out to the playground to celebrate its completion and to thank members of the committee on Aug. 28. The structure was installed with the help of about 20 volunteer parents and staff, he said.
Bob Gurwicz, the school’s drone expert, captured images of the day from high altitudes. He often works with students on aviation and rocketry projects, Miller said.
Shelburne Community School Playground Committee member Lisa Williams said the Snelling Park and Playground Renovation Project Phase 1 is completed. In place is a safe and accessible playground, including all new equipment and a paved path surrounding the area. Phase 2 will provide additional amenities like benches, trees, and a pavilion, she said.
The renovation upgrades the site that was established in 1994 as Snelling Park.
These items are contingent on further donations and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant which has been slow to move through the federal and state agencies, Williams said. “We are confident that we will see this grant agreement in the next few weeks which provides partial reimbursement for investments to outdoor recreational facilities,” she said.
Approximately $170,000 has been invested in this project so far, thanks to generous local support, Williams said.