Why does the playground need to be replaced?
The current playground has served the community well. It has been well maintained and has outlived it's projected lifespan by five years. Although the playground looks functional, pieces have been removed each year, and most likely will continue to be dismantled piece by piece in the coming years, to meet with new safety standards. What remains is not what was built 25 years ago and is limiting our youngest students. Additionally, the playground is not accessible to students with special needs.
What will happen to the old playground? Can pieces be auctioned off or purchased?
According to Play By Design, the structure was originally built to be one solid piece and it was not designed to be structurally sound once it is taken apart. Therefore, they strongly discourage disassembling the playground for moving it to an alternate location. Additionally, the Saratoga Springs City School District, which owns the playground, will not allow the pieces to be purchased, sold, auctioned or given away for liability reasons.
When will the current playground be dismantled?
The current playground will need to be dismantled before the playground build so that the site can be prepped for the build. Based on our anticipated build date, the old playground will need to be dismantled around November 2014.
How is the new playground going to be funded?
The playground will be funded by the generous support from the community through fundraisers, sponsorships and grants. The Saratoga Springs City School District is not funding this project through budgetary means.
Are donations and contributions to our playground fund tax deductible?
The project falls under an independent 501(c) 3 status.
How much will the new playground cost?
We estimate the cost of this project to be $150,000 to replace our current playground with a new comparable playground.
How long will the new playground last?
The playground comes with a 25 year warranty from the company.
Does the playground meet the latest safety standards and accessibility (ADA) guidelines?
Yes, the designs conform to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines, American Standards for Testing Materials (ASTM) and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), all industry standards.