All-inclusive fun





Phase I of the all-inclusive playground at Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah Elementary/Middle School has been completed and is ready for play. Students celebrated on the first day back from Spring Break when Ethan DeZwarte, junior kindergarten student, cut the ribbon (above) to the new playground. The playground design and structure, along with the smooth poured rubber surface, make it easy for children of all abilities to play together in a fun environment. There are varying degrees of challenges within the structure, ensuring that children of varying ages or abilities can grow with it. Features include climbers, slides and interactive panels. There are also independent play items such as the sensory wall and the cozy dome in which to hide and climb. A bench has been added to the playground to rest after 50 rounds on the slide. Thanks to the very generous donors who supported this project, the district has almost reached the $160,000 goal with fund-raising still continuing. Due to the success of Phase I, there are tentative plans to expand the all-inclusive play area to other parts of the playground. This would be Phase II. These plans include pouring a rubber surface in the southwest corner so that a “spinner” and additional multi-sensory learning panels can be added as well as a “rocker” piece in the middle of the playground. This piece is designed to be accessed via a ramp so it can be located in the wood-chipped section. The cost of the various pieces of equipment and additional rubber surface for Phase II is approximately $55,000-$75,000 (depending on final selection of equipment). Those interested in learning more about the all-inclusive playground or donating funds to assist with the construction of Phase II should contact either Debbie Hammann (876-3307) or Dr. Ann Buechel Haack (876-3381) . The playground is open to all during non-school hours, so stop in and check it out. It’s a fun place for all to play and learn while doing so. Children and adults are certainly welcome, but unfortunately pets must stay home. The district hopes both residents and village guests alike take advantage of all this playground has to offer. Phase I of the all-inclusive playground at Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah Elementary/Middle School has been completed and is ready for play. Students celebrated on the first day back from Spring Break when Ethan DeZwarte, junior kindergarten student, cut the ribbon (above) to the new playground. The playground design and structure, along with the smooth poured rubber surface, make it easy for children of all abilities to play together in a fun environment. There are varying degrees of challenges within the structure, ensuring that children of varying ages or abilities can grow with it. Features include climbers, slides and interactive panels. There are also independent play items such as the sensory wall and the cozy dome in which to hide and climb. A bench has been added to the playground to rest after 50 rounds on the slide. Thanks to the very generous donors who supported this project, the district has almost reached the $160,000 goal with fund-raising still continuing. Due to the success of Phase I, there are tentative plans to expand the all-inclusive play area to other parts of the playground. This would be Phase II. These plans include pouring a rubber surface in the southwest corner so that a “spinner” and additional multi-sensory learning panels can be added as well as a “rocker” piece in the middle of the playground. This piece is designed to be accessed via a ramp so it can be located in the wood-chipped section. The cost of the various pieces of equipment and additional rubber surface for Phase II is approximately $55,000-$75,000 (depending on final selection of equipment). Those interested in learning more about the all-inclusive playground or donating funds to assist with the construction of Phase II should contact either Debbie Hammann (876-3307) or Dr. Ann Buechel Haack (876-3381) . The playground is open to all during non-school hours, so stop in and check it out. It’s a fun place for all to play and learn while doing so. Children and adults are certainly welcome, but unfortunately pets must stay home. The district hopes both residents and village guests alike take advantage of all this playground has to offer.



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