OSAGE | At the July meeting of the Osage School Board, a decision was made to move forward with a joint playground project between Lincoln Elementary school and the Osage Community Day Care.
The day care, which is leasing land from Osage Schools for a new building, has never had a playground. The joint venue will create a playground specifically designed for children ranging from two-years-old to first graders.
There playground will have two entrances - one leading to Lincoln Elementary and one leading to the day care.
“We’ve really worked together on this to come up with the concept,” said Osage Community Daycare Director Shelly Parks. “Both the school and the day care will be using it at different times. Our kids will be able to go right out the back door and onto the playground.”
The playground will consist of two sets of swings, a main play structure, a sand table, three-four spring rides, in addition to age appropriate sensory equipment that makes music.
“It’s really been a joint venture,” said Lincoln Elementary School Principal Greg Adams. “We came to the realization we had a chance to create a play space that will fit the kids that will be using it.”
According to Osage Schools Superintendent Barb Schwamman, the district was needing to be in compliance with all its early childhood regulations, including playground equipment.
“The district receives funds for projects like this, so we would have been installing even if there was no new day care,” she said. “We are using multiple funding sources including preschool funds, PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy), SAVE (local option sales tax money) and have applied for many grants.”
Schwamman said the total estimates for equipment, concrete, fencing, fall surface and miscellaneous items with not exceed $120,000.
While the playground installation is still roughly eight weeks away, as the equipment still needs to be ordered and delivered, the playground will be installed and operational by the time the daycare children relocate to their new building.
“I’m really thankful to the school for working with us so our kids will have a wonderful playground,” Parks said. “We will be moving our fence back in the next few weeks so the space will be ready when the equipment arrives.”