EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Robby Chaltry swings at Park’s Elementary School playground Wednesday in Marinette. The school is having a fundraiser to expand the playground.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

Robby Chaltry swings at Park’s Elementary School playground Wednesday in Marinette. The school is having a fundraiser to expand the playground.

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MARINETTE — Park Elementary School is looking to incorporate more activities to its playground in order to engage all students.

Park Elementary School Principal Bev Schewe said the school is currently looking for donations in order to “extend our playground so that we can include more activities that will appeal to the senses of all students.”

“I think more than anything else it’s that whole idea of appealing to all students because not all kids are football or basketball players or want to swing on the swings,” she said.

The school will be holding a work day to install the new areas on Aug. 18 starting at 8 a.m.

“We’re looking for the talents of our community and also donations to help us on Aug. 18 so we can actually put this together,” Schewe said. “The nice thing is that the community will be able to use it because ti will be there all summer long. So it won’t be just about the school — it’s about the community.”

During the workday, Schewe said she hopes parents of incoming students and those who are already in the school come so they’re able to meet other families.

“We also hope to have music and food available to our volunteers just to make it ours and the community’s,” she explained. “That’s what this is really about.”

The vision is to add a music area, chalk wall, monster truck track, Gaga ball pit, football field, soccer field, sensory path, benches, an outdoor classroom, a bridge (to the outdoor classroom), a kickball field, a community garden, paint in order to draw games and interactive activities on the black top, among much more.

The additions to the playground and expected costs include: a chalk wall ($400); monster truck track ($400 — $250 of which has been donated by the M&M Community Foundation); Gaga ball pit ($2,000 — $1,500 of which was received by the Park PTO, GRSI and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center;  football field ($500 has been received by NWTC and the M&M Community Foundation); soccer field ($400); sensory path ($400); paint ($1,000); benches ($1,200); outdoor classroom ($3,000); a bridge ($1,000, which will be built by Marinette High School students); community garden ($1,000) and a kick ball field ($500).

“The entire project will cost approximately $25,000 when all of our activity areas are complete,” Schewe said. “The biggest cost is the fence at $10,000 or $12 per foot and is the most needed for the safety of our children.

“If you have small kids, you know they won’t be able to just run out. It is open all year round.”

In terms of the community garden, Schewe said the school would love to have one, but needs someone to lead it, as well as supplies.

“We’re also looking for people to lead some of this work and take ownership of it,” she said. “Even though the event is on Aug. 18, we are going to be doing prep in the week leading up to it — probably most on the 17th.”

Schewe also asks for anyone who is able to bring paintbrushes, shovels — “anything that we’ll need in order to make this a success.”

To sign up to volunteer or to donate, visit http://par.marinette.k12.wi.us.

“Please help spread the word — mouth-to-mouth — because that’s the easiest way to get people excited about this event,” she said. “When you think of our vision, mission and values here at Marinette, I think this encompasses that completely — bringing us all together in a very positive way.”