Ready, set, play at Carlson playground!

New play place opens with plenty to do for kids of all ages

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/7/21

Carlson Elementary School’s new playground opens to the public on July 10. The playground is available this summer from dawn until dusk on weekends and after the Kidz Korner program finishes at …

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Ready, set, play at Carlson playground!

New play place opens with plenty to do for kids of all ages

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Carlson Elementary School’s new playground opens to the public on July 10.

The playground is available this summer from dawn until dusk on weekends and after the Kidz Korner program finishes at 5:30 p.m. until dusk on weekdays.

The playground, which has been in the works for two years, has a turf area, swings, a rope climber, a play tower with tunnel slide, log balance beam, five outdoor learning areas, basketball court and more. It was designed in large part by students and parents at the school.

The price tag for the playground was $605,000, with $450,000 coming from a bond approved by voters in 2018 and the rest coming from grants and donations, according to Carla Cole, who managed the project.

The project worked out to about $30 per square foot, which is similar to the per-square-foot cost for the Georgetown Community School playground, which cost $303,000 and opened in September. King-Murphy Elementary School will get a new playground, but the retaining wall first must be rebuilt.

The Carlson playground has been designed so it can be moved if the Clear Creek school board chooses to build an elementary in the former middle school building, Cole said.

“It’s so fun to see the kids’ faces when they come out, and they’re excited to show you all the things they can do,” Superintendent Karen Quanbeck said, noting that the pandemic, the playground’s cost, frost in the ground and supply-chain issues that delayed equipment delivery were setbacks to completing the work.

“Everything that could have delayed it, did,” she said, explaining that it was worth the wait since the kids “deserve a great playground.”

Cole said she’s seen kids and adults trying out the new equipment on the 20,000-square-foot playground. The equipment that was removed was 32 years old, and while it was well maintained, it was well beyond its lifespan.

“Because of donations and small grants, we have been able to significantly increase what we could do with the playground,” Cole said, “so we could add $60,000 worth of turf and a couple other small features that we didn’t think we could get.”

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