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Gurney Elementary: Fit-Play Proposal

rationale and plans for a new playground
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Rachel Jones

on 23 June 2013

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Transcript of Gurney Elementary: Fit-Play Proposal

GURNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

PLAYING FOR OUR s!

GURNEY PLAYGROUND
MOVEMENT AND SAFETY NEEDED!
ZONES OF PLAY!
Path

Equipment

Installation

Total Cost:
$ 12,000
Fall Area = Turf

Equipment

Installation

Total Cost:
$ 65,000
- $6,200 sweat equity
= $58,8000
Demolition
Playground
Fence
Asphalt
New Fence
New Asphalt
Painted Play Areas

Total Cost:
$ 69,000
Student Survey Results:
332 student were surveyed, 1st-3rd grades
53% of the students who stated they play on the wooden structure described what they do: -run/walk on the bridges and walkways
51% of the students stated they like to play on the playground after school and on weekends.
What do they want? – Monkey Bars, Rock Wall, Zip-line, Trampoline…they want to move!
(…and a bouncy house, pool, Ferris Wheel, etc.)
America’s Playgrounds Safety Scoring Guide
:
-Children can be easily viewed on equipment
-Equipment design prevents climbing outside of structure
-Height of all equipment is 8 ft. or lower
-Appropriate depth of loose fill provided
-Equipment is free of broken parts
-Equipment is free of missing parts
-Equipment is free of protruding bolts
-Equipment is free of splinters and rust
-Tires peel, hold water
-Duct tape to hold
wooden pieces
-Wood splitting
around nails and
screws
-Wood separating,
exposes nails and
screws
-Chains rust and wear
through wood
-Spiders, bees, etc.
nesting in wood
Typical 3rd Grade Recess in September…

Sitting or standing around on the wooden structure

Most playing on blacktop.
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
Children who are overweight or obese are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, bone/joint problems, social/psychological problems, and poor self-esteem.
Gurney BMI for spring, 2012 3rd graders =
17.6% qualified as either overweight or obese!
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services recommends 60 min. of physical activity daily for ages 6-17.
Gurney students attend physical education class for 30 minutes, twice a week.
Gurney students have recess daily for 30 minutes.
*Students depend on recess for physical
activity time!
Current wooden structure and surrounding area does not promote continuous, physical activity.
Increase in physical activity is warranted due to new physical education guidelines and the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Wooden play structure is not up to current safety standards for outdoor play equipment.
Gurney’s wooden structure was built in 1989.
Families/volunteers worked together to install it: We Built a Dream at Gurney.
A grand structure was created that excited the children and has been well-used for 24 years.
It has been maintained and refurbished
by the CF Dads’ Club, Boy Scout Troops, Eagle
Scout, etc.
Equipment: $ 60,000

Shipping: $15,000

Installation: $ 5,000

Total Cost: $ 80,000
The National Playground Safety Institute -hazards:
Improper Protective Surfacing: loose-fill surfacing must be maintained at a 12in. depth.
Inadequate Use Zone: area under and around equipment where a child might fall
Protrusion Hazards: Bolt ends, Hardware that leaves a gap between components
Entrapment in Openings: Partially bounded openings, openings between platforms that is less than 9 inches
Trip Hazards: Abrupt changes in surface levels; rocks
Typical 3rd Grade Recess in September…
Almost no one on the structure
Wooden car for sitting and pretend play
Parts that used to have movement, have been broken and/or removed for years
Seeding

Shrubs/Trees

Tables/Benches

Total Cost:
$ 5,000
ZONE 5- GREEN SPACE!
THINK OF ALL THAT HAS CHANGED AT GURNEY OVER THE PAST 24 YEARS...
IT'S TIME FOR A PLAYGROUND CHANGE
TOO.
GURNEY SMARTKIDS MOVE COMMITTEE GOALS!
CURRENTLY NOT PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
SEEKING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
RECOMMENDED DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
CHILDHOOD OBESITY
SAFETY
SAFETY
SAFETY
WHY DO WE NEED A NEW PLAYGROUND?
ZONE 4 FIT-COURSE!
ZONE 3 FIT-PLAY!
ZONE 2 MULTI-STUDENT PLAY STRUCTURE!
ZONE 1 BLACK-TOP GAMES!
WE ASKED THE KIDS!
A COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER...
The Great Outdoor Gym Company http://www.TGOGC.com/
COMMITTEE WORK
May - September, 2012:
Playground site visits/Collect pictures of equipment, systems and lay-outs
Survey students
Research on recommended daily activity and childhood obesity
Gurney playground safety evaluations
October - December, 2012:
Establish design/lay-out with architect
S. Russell zoning visit
Meetings/Communications with playground equipment and ground cover companies
Gathering price estimates
January - March, 2013
Present plans to CF Board of Education
Begin fund

raising efforts with support organizations and other organizations
Begin bid process for specific jobs
ZONE 2: MULTI-STUDENT
PLAY SYSTEM EXAMPLE
ZONE 2: MULTI-STUDENT PLAY SYSTEM
ZONE 2: ESTIMATED COST
-Hold up to 70 students
-Targets all large muscle groups
ZONE 3: FIT-PLAY SYSTEM FROM
THE GREAT OUTDOOR GYM COMPANY
ZONE 3: FIT-PLAY!
ZONE 3: FIT-PLAY ESTIMATED COST
ZONE 1: ESTIMATED COST
ZONE 1: GROUP PLAY AREA EXAMPLES
hopscotch!
pattern games!
four square!
walking track!
bball court
ZONE 1: HARD SURFACE PLAY AREA
ZONE 4: FIT-COURSE!
ZONE 4: FIT-COURSE EXAMPLE COMPONENTS
ZONE 4: ESTIMATED COST
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