New Sitka Community Playground starts to take shape

Construction is progressing on the new Sitka Community Playground project, which is being built on the site of the old Crescent Harbor Playground near the Sitka Sound Science Center.

As of Monday, June 18, most of the playground equipment had been installed by volunteers and a crew from CME Playground Install and Services.

There are still a few items that need installation, plus there is a project to install rubberized tiles around the playground that could take a week or two depending on the weather (if it’s raining heavily, the tile can’t be installed). Project organizers will need 4-6 volunteers per day to help with the tile project, and volunteers can register using the project’s SignUpGenius website. The site is still a construction zone, so project organizers ask parents and kids not to use the new playground until everything is finished.

Parking for volunteers is at the Crescent Harbor parking lot, the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center parking lot, and former Stratten Library, to avoid impacting events at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

The Sitka Community Playground was a community wellness project from the Sitka Health Summit. The goal was to build the first American Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant playground in Sitka.

The grand opening of the new Sitka Community Playground is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. For more details about the project, check out the Sitka Community Playground group on Facebook, or contact Bridget Hitchcock or Kay Turner at Oceanside Therapy Center at 747-1771.

A slideshow of photos from the new playground is posted below.

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