Happening now: Lafayette Elementary playground celebration

The second the ribbon was cut – kids swarmed the new play structures at Lafayette Elementary in the Admiral District, the culmination of many long months of fundraising and other hard work. Here’s a wider view, tweeted by @alexpietsch:

The party continues till 7, including a free barbecue courtesy of the Junction QFC:

The Toucans are playing steel-drum music, perfect on this almost-tropical late-summer night. Words of acknowledgement and celebration were offered by Deborah Hazlegrove and Holly Grambihler, co-chairs of the Play It Forward Project, which matched a $100,000 city grant with money, labor, and materials:

The playground isn’t all that’s new about Lafayette when school starts tomorrow – there’s a brand-new principal, Jo Lute-Ervin:

We’ve just spotted previous principal Virginia Turner, here to celebrate as well – “I worked hard on this for years!” she told someone who came over to say hi – as are School Board members Steve Sundquist, Harium Martin-Morris, and Peter Maier, as well as West Seattle’s executive director of schools, Aurora Lora. And Zach Scott from Seattle Sounders FC is signing autographs.

And there was homegrown entertainment – the Lafayette Popcorns jump-ropers!

This was phase 2 of the longrunning playground makeover … and yes, somewhere down the road, there is a phase 3 (“the back forty,” it was described tonight) … but first, time to enjoy. And to play.

2 Replies to "Happening now: Lafayette Elementary playground celebration"

  • janine September 6, 2011 (7:23 pm)

    Fun event! Thanks to QFC for providing all of the food for tonight, for ING’s huge donation, for the support of the city council via the department of Neighborhood Grant and to all the hours of donated time and $ from the families who made it all happen – it looks great!

    Janine Bostock

  • Carrie Ann September 6, 2011 (9:16 pm)

    BIG thanks to all the volunteers (and especially those at ING who really seemed to take interest and step up for our kids) who put in countless hours, dollars and hard work to make this happen — you rock! We had a great time at tonight’s event, playing with old friends we’d missed over the Summer, eating the food generously donated by QFC, running around the beautiful playground, listening to the awesome sounds from the Toucans, and just enjoying the last day before school starts tomorrow. Thanks, again, and here’s to a great 2011/2012 school year!

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