Construction is scheduled to take place July 27-30 on a new playground at Cassingham Elementary School, 250 S. Cassingham Road, after a year of fundraising and planning.
The Cassingham playground was last renovated in 1995 and certain elements are beginning to fail, with repairs exceeding the cost of replacement, according to the steering committee leading the fundraising effort.
Plans for the new playground include equipment, blacktop resurfacing and landscaping at an estimated cost of $250,000.
"The steering committee and design team believe that the new design will help to foster creativity and imagination," Tim Pitts, head of the steering committee, said in a news release. "This playground provides new dimensions and elements that honor our city's commitment to nature and enhance the way children move and play together."
The committee had raised $130,000, with the remainder committed in pledges, Cassingham Principal Jeannine Hetzler said during the steering committee's report to the Bexley City Schools Board of Education in April.
On June 30, the Bexley Community Foundation announced the award of five grants totaling $23,500 for the renovation of the playground.
A grant of $5,000 from the foundation's Youth and Recreation Fund and a grant of $7,000 from the foundation's unrestricted Community Fund were awarded.
"Recreation and youth activities are major priorities of the Bexley Community Foundation, and the Cassingham Playground serves all Bexley children as an after-school recreation space," Paul Lacroix, the foundation's board chairman, said in a news release.
The two grants match a grant of $12,000 made by the foundation in 2014 for the Montrose Elementary School playground.
The additional grants are being provided by two of the foundation's donor funds and a designated gift. The Denise and Barry Blank Tree Fund awarded a $10,000 grant for landscaping. This fund was created by the Blanks to support beautification projects involving trees in the city of Bexley.
An unrestricted grant of $500 was awarded to the project by the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Family Fund. This fund makes grants to support community organizations, programs and projects of interest to the Schottenstein family.
The foundation also received a gift of $1,000 from the Weiland Forrest Family Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust, designated for the project.
The playground's construction will include a donor wall recognizing those who contributed $250 or more, Pitts said.
Some other major donations toward the project include:
* Cassingham Parent-Teacher Organization, $50,000.
* The Bexley Education Foundation, $12,000 grant.
* Kay and Larry Helman raised $20,000 through a Grandparents and Special Friends campaign.
* More than 170 individuals and families contributed to the playground's Go Fund Me drive, raising $37,000.
* Cassingham students led spare-change drives and lemonade stands that raised more than $1,000.
After the playground is finished, the Bexley City Schools will install an Americans with Disabilities Act-approved fall surface surrounding the structure, school board President Melissa Lacroix said. The playground is scheduled to open by the first day of school, Aug. 16.
To sign up to volunteer for the construction or to donate, visit cassinghamplayground .com.