Alta kicks off playgrounds fundraising

Friday, January 17, 2020

With the Warrior Parent Teacher Association and the City of Alta Park Board joining their efforts to develop playgrounds, Kayla Wilson of the PTO reports that the school group is setting out to surpass last year’s total of funds raised, with all the funds to be directed toward the projects.

The parks board has been planning toward new playground equipment for the shelter area in the city park, while the PTO has been discussing a need to replace the playground nearby at the elementary school for some time. After a couple of recent joint meetings, the groups decided to work together on a fund campaign toward both playground projects.

The groups have chosen a playground manufacturer to work with who will visit the community in the next couple of weeks. The locals hope a plan and estimate can take shape by late February.

The PTO will be hosting a Fiesta Dance and Silent Auction, February 29 at the Alta Community Center, as the first fundraiser event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dancing from 8-midnight. The silent auction continues until 10 p.m. La Juanitas is donating tacos to the event. Tickets are $20 available in advance on Facebook, at Alta Elementary, Buffalo Ridge, or at the door as available. A table for eight can be reserved for $200, by calling Jennifer Hustedt at 712-660-0976. To donate goods for the silent auction, contact the school office.

Meanwhile, Alta PTO is also seeking out grants to help get the playground project started.

Kids will help determine the identity of a new school playground. “The current one was called AltaGether. I’m pretty sure we can come up with something creative. We will probably ask the teachers to do something in class to collect ideas from the students,” Wilson said.

Youngsters will also be asked what they would like to see in a playground, in hopes that their top five elements can be designed into the areas.

Playground developments aren’t cheap, sometimes running to a quarter of a million dollars or more, and the two groups feel it could take two to three years to collect the funding needed.

“We need to do something with the school playground, it’s becoming a little bit of a hazard. We have it inspected two years ago, and they recommended than that we start looking to replace it. We’re having kids getting hurt with wood slivers as the wood ages, and some stuff is no loner up to code. Line of sight is a concern, as it is hard for teachers to monitor certain areas,” Wilson said. “It’s been there going on 30 years, and in time, everything deteriorates somewhat.”

The PTO and park board are beginning to work on other fundraiser ideas and events, and a gofundme.com page is a possibility.

“We’re a year and a half into this conversation. It’s time to dig down deep. People are always asking how we’re doing, where it’s at, so we know there is interest,” Wilson said. “We want to keep families in our community, so we need to offer then quality playgrounds.”

Editor’s note: Donations toward the playgrounds may be sent to Alta Elementary School, with “playground fund” in the check memo space.