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September 28, 2015

The new Birchwood playground? In a word, "Awesome!"

pictures of Birchwood playground 

september 18 ribbon cutting celebrated a year-long community effort

Birchwood playground pictures 
Birchwood Principal Deb Berndt welcomes the school community to the playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 18. 

How's the new playground? Ask that question of a Birchwood student these days, and they'll take a break from climbing, sliding, twisting through the air, long enough to give the only answer possible: "Awesome."

After a nearly year-long effort to build a new playground, students, teachers and staff members, PTO leaders, Principal Deb Berndt, and district leaders gathered at Birchwood's annual back-to-school barbecue on Friday, Sept. 18 to cut the ribbon to it. The previous play structure was taken down last fall due to safety concerns.

Replacing it was a true community effort. The PTO raised more than $15,000 in less than a year for enhancements to supplement the new playground provided by the district. More than 75 volunteers came out for a two-day community build over the summer.

Following the community build, all that remained was the installation of one piece of equipment and the ground surface. There is a special floor down the center of the playground that makes it more accessible for those with disabilities.

Enjoy these scenes from the playground opening and recess on a recent Friday afternoon.


Birchwood playground pictures   Birchwood playground pictures

pictures of Birchwood playground


pictures of Birchwood playground


pictures of Birchwood playground


pictures of Birchwood playground


pictures of Birchwood playground