Sitka Community Playground to host Design Day on April 9 at Sitka Sound Science Center

First Grade Classes-Christianson and HoleThe Sitka Community Playground project needs your help on Design Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9, at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Families are invited to help design Sitka’s new community playground, which will be accessible to all. This event will be coordinated by local landscape architect Monique Anderson, and Sitka artist Laura Kaltenstein will lead a special kids’ table where children can tell us what they want in the playground.

Monique and Laura already have been visiting some school classes to get designs, and a few of them are posted in a slideshow below. A tentative schedule for the Design Day also is linked below. For more information about Design Day, contact Monique at (907) 230-6003.

First Grade Class resultsIn addition, the next Sitka Community Playground volunteer meeting will be held 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 6 at the Sitka Community Hospital conference room (downstairs).

The Sitka Community Playground is a community wellness project from the 2015 Sitka Health Summit, and the goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.

The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.

The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of what hopefully will become the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.

To learn more about the Sitka Community Playground project, contact Kay Turner at 623-7878 or Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500, or send an email to

• Draft schedule for Sitka Community Playground Design Day

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