Big Horn Unveils New Playground

Big Horn Unveils New Playground

The new playground for Sheridan County's Big Horn Elementary School in Big Horn will be unveiled next week.

To celebrate the opening, a formal ceremony has been planned for 8:30 Monday morning. The event will be held behind the elementary school, east of the current playground, in the lower lot. Superintendent Marty Kobza said the new playground is a great addition and required a group effort.

The playground will serve pre-kindergarten through second grade students and features five new pieces of equipment and a poured-in-place rubber surface. The playground cost the district $112,000 and is part of the school's original campus renovation plan. Ten percent of the funds required to build the playground was raise by the school's PTA. The remainder was paid for by transferred revenue from the school district's capital construction fund.

The district also completed a 15-acre acquisition to the school this week, which nearly doubles the current campus, from 16 to 31 acres. The land purchase of nearly $300,000 was funded by the state to accommodate future campus growth. The L-shaped parcel was purchased from Jackson Creek Partners and will be used for event parking, physical education classes, extra curricular sports activities and track practice. The district expects to begin improvements on the land next summer.

The L-shaped parcel was purchased from Jackson Creek Partners and will be used for event parking, physical education classes, extra curricular sports activities and track practice. The district expects to begin improvements on the land next summer.

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