With Phase 2 of the Alpenglow Playground and Outdoor Classroom construction approaching, our playground committee has continued to move forward with planning throughout the past few months. Our funds for this phase of construction have been acquired through the successful award of the Alberta Government Community Facility Enhancement Program and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant. Our phase 2 construction is set for July 2020 with the exciting addition of an outdoor classroom, built into one of our slopes utilizing large rundle stones for seating. Our plans also include a revitalized sand pit area, the installation of 2 hillside slides for fun year round, as well as some durable log soccer backstops. With the continued support of CRPS and ACES we are looking forward to completing the next phase of our development and beautification of the Alpenglow school yard.
Our Grade 5 and 6 students, along with Ms Andrea were awarded the Alberta Environment and Parks Student Action Grant in February of 2020, congratulations!!! Before they began distance learning they were able to utilize a design thinking process for concepts they felt our younger students would like while utilizing a designated area of our school yard. The students considered many factors including budget, durability, size, weather, user group,fun, and safety. They successfully designed and constructed a "mud kitchen" in the wood workshop of CCHS and have plans to place it near the sandpit area for our students to enjoy. Thank you to the Grade 5/6 class and Ms Andrea, we are looking forward to admiring and enjoying your mud kitchen!
We are thrilled with the completion of Phase 1 of the Alpenglow Playground and Outdoor Learning Space. The play structure has brought more challenge, engagement, risk, and fun to our school yard. We have also observed an increase in families gathering and spending time in the school yard, building relationships and community - which is beautiful. We would like to sincerely thank all of YOU for your years of fundraising and support in order to make this happen. We would also like to sincerely thank the Kaiser Charitable Foundation for their amazing financial contribution. Our playground team along with ACES, the CRPS facilities crew, and our CRPS administration truly joined forces to make this happen for the kids! In Phase 2/3 of construction we intend to build an outdoor learning space and further play elements for the children to utilize. Due to material acquirement times and unpredictable fall weather we have decided to begin the next phases of construction in the new year. We look forward to utilizing our fall and winter seasons to design, plan, and dream of what is next!
We would not be able to dream about our next phase without the recent announcement that Alpenglow Community Education Society has been awarded $125,000 Government of Alberta Community Facility Enhancement Program Grant. Our school, the Larch neighborhood, and the entire Canmore community will benefit from the completion of the Alpenglow Playground and Outdoor Learning Space!!
A lot has been happening these past few months for our Playground Committee.
Our Playground Committee has been hard at work, reviewing submissions from and interviewing contractors. With much consideration we recommend that we award our project to Wilco/Earthscape http://www.earthscapeplay.com/. They do some amazing stuff if you want to check it out! Over the next few weeks we hope to get into discussions around the actual design and how best to proceed with construction in a phased approach pending the availability of funds. Once we have something more concrete to show for what the space could look like we will share it with all of you for your feedback.
We have raised to date $101000!!! We recently were awarded the TD Friends of the Environment Grant for $20,000. We are optimistic that we will have $200000 by the end of June - which could get us something really great! Our goal is to raise $300000. We are still (fingers crossed) hoping to get something in the ground this summer.
We would encourage each of you to start talking about our school and our project with your friends and community as one of them maybe has a valuable insights and to help us gain traction and momentum for our project.