Mountain View's playground gets a facelift

Mountain View's playground gets a faceift
Posted on 08/30/2021
“Look out, here I come!” Mt. View 5th grader, Elizabeth Granillo cascades down the school’s new slide. The sliding board and dozens of other pieces of new playground equipment were part of the school’s playground summer facelift.

Pictured left: “Look out, here I come!” Mt. View 5th grader, Elizabeth Granillo cascades down the school’s new slide. The sliding board and dozens of other pieces of new playground equipment were part of the school’s playground summer facelift.

 

 

 

 

Ariticle written by Mark Dittmar

In early July, Mountain View’s playground received a much awaited facelift when Shade ‘N Net Company installers arrived from Phoenix to remove and dispose of the school’s outdated equipment and replace it with a popular, new playground design.

The design for the new installation was decided upon by District administration with the help of a Shade ‘N Net architect. “We considered equipment that was not only attractive and safe, but would also develop a student’s overall strength,” said Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Stephen Schadler.

The new equipment includes dozens of play-exercise stations, each meeting American Society for Testing Materials safety standards. A colorful plastic slide, sturdy swing set, two separate sets of sure-grip rings, and three durable climbing walls, along with other equipment develop a child’s balance and coordination. “My favorite ones are the rings because they are like the monkey bars on the old playground,” said excited 4th grader, Edith Castello.

Shading the stations is a water-repellent, rectangular ‘hip roof’ sun shade that covers more than 3,000 square feet of play area. The dense blue covering is made of polyethylene and provides 98% UVR protection. It is suspended by heavy steel frames and can withstand winds in excess of 100 mph. “You can feel how much cooler the ground temperature is while you are under it. I see children playing on the equipment who never played on the old ones,” observed school librarian, Mrs. Gina Frownfelter during her duty.

In addition to the new playground, Mountain Vi
ew’s face lift included six new basketball backboards, rims/nets, and repairs made to the playfield’s ramada; each improvement funded though District 35’s bond paid in the last fiscal year. Forth coming will be a new roof on the school.


“It’s a joy to see the kids enjoying the new equipment,” said Principal Christopher Jackson. “It’s important to remember that play and fun are an essential part of school.”

Fourth-grader, Isaac Aguilar understands. When asked what he thought of the new playground, he exclaimed, “I give it 1000 out of 1000!”