Our fundraising goal is $450,000. To help keep costs down, our landscape architects donated their time and talent. And it’s important to note every dollar we raise pays for equipment and installation. There are no administrative costs.
Why this playground? Why now? Years ago, Hillcrest created the first Developmental Learning Program (DLP) classroom for kids with special needs. It continues to serve as a model for schools creating better learning environments. Fourteen percent of students currently enrolled in the District live with a disabling condition. This playground serves both students attending Hillcrest, and families living in surrounding communities.
Better yet, focus groups with educators and special education therapists contributed their expertise. So did students who know what they need. Design plans were built around those ideas, and remain flexible to include future needs.
Right now, we expect installation in the 2015/2016 school year. Funds we raise will make sure all kids, of all abilities, can safely play and learn.