Volunteers came together to build new playground for Avondale Elementary

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart November 7, 2018

Photo by Arthur Ratliff

This past Saturday, Nov. 3, volunteers came together to help Avondale Elementary School build a new playground.

Funded by KaBOOM! and designed with help from students, more than 125 community members, parents, and Georgia State college students showed up to replace old playground equipment.

In addition, Avondale Estates Commissioner Adela Yelton, chair of the DeKalb County Board of Education Dr. Michael A. Erwin, and State Sen. Elena Parent came out to show their support.

Avondale Elementary’s new playground includes:

– A large play structure with three slides
– Monkey bars
– A climbing wall
– A dome
– A double see-saw

Photo by Arthur Ratliff

The playground design was picked by Avondale Elementary’s staff as well as students and their parents.

“Our vision was for a playground that would be fun and safe for any child, from pre-k through pre-teen,” president of the Avondale Elementary School Education Foundation, Keith Sagers, said in a recent press release. “We are excited for our students as well as kids in the community to get to enjoy this playground for years to come.”

In addition to replacing the equipment, volunteers helped the larger playground area by:

– Painting the surrounding sidewalk
– Installing a colorful, ADA-compatible walkway
– Building benches
– Building shade structures
– Spreading mulch

This was the second KaBOOM! funded playground built in the area recently, Dresden Elementary School in Chamblee building one a week prior to Avondale Elementary.

“This is a genius concept,” Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore said in a recent press release. “When communities and schools work together, that’s when public education works best.”

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