Parents, pupils and staff of Big Horn Elementary School braved a cold, snowy morning Monday to see the dedication of the school's new pre-kindergarten through second grade playground.
Principal Greg Figenser presided, and assisted first-grader Daniel Walker in cutting the ribbon for the new ADA-compliant facility. The principal said five major pieces of equipment, including a swing, and a poured-in-place rubber surface, assured both fun and safety for smaller children.
The Children's Play Structures company of Littleton, Colo. installed the playground, which is behind the elementary school playground, in the lower lot. The principal said installation began the first of the month, with the play structures installed within three days and the surfacing in about two. He said there was only one problem during the process.
Also at the dedication was Superintendent Marty Kobza of Sheridan County School District 1.
Kobza said Big Horn Elementary's Home and School Association raised 10 percent of the $112,000 needed to build the playground and the remaining money came from the school district's capital construction fund. The playground is the final part of the school's original campus renovation plan and provides additional space for students to play during recess.
The superintendent praised the work of the playground construction company. He said they did a “phenomenal” job,” and made the project their primary focus during the two weeks of construction.