Concrete work continues to be the focus of the last week. The outdoor classroom seating wall and caps have been poured and the stamped circle pad in front of the wall was poured today. The walls will be covered in a stone veneer in the coming weeks. Concrete walkways have been expanded to beyond the eastern Observatory door and another large pour is scheduled for tomorrow to expand the walkway past the western door on that side of the building. Once the demolition and reconstruction of the steps on the backside of the building is complete the walkway will connect there and to the future sport court. Walkways from the Observatory sidewalk will also be poured over the next week or two. Once that is finished we will start to see topsoil added to the landscape and grass lawn areas in preparation for planting.
The concrete work is quickly taking shape! The outdoor classroom seating wall has been formed, new stamped concrete entrance pads are in place, concrete landscaping curbs have been poured, and the first of many new concrete walkways has been poured. The construction team will continue with their concrete work over the next week focusing on the entire outdoor classroom area as well as the walks leading up to it.
We are incredibly excited to report that construction has begun! Actually it would be more appropriate to say that demolition has begun as that has been the primary focus of this first week. After a few days of work the asphalt surfacing has been removed, the aging playset has been disassembled, and demolition is nearing completion. Moving forward the construction team will be making preparations for the new concrete work. We will post another update next week and will continue to do so through the summer.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Hyde Park School families and surrounding community, we are excited to announce that the HPS Community Play Yard will become a reality this summer. Your community play yard will include an expansive grassy lawn for play, additional trees and landscaping, a newer and safer play set, an expanded artificial safety surface with climbing mounds, and a multi-sport court.
We are hoping to partner with Kids Around the World to refurbish and reuse the current playset for needy communities and the gaga pit will be donated to another CPS school.
Construction will begin on May 25 and the area will be closed to the public for the remainder of the summer as we work to have this project completed by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Be sure to check our website periodically as we will be posting picture updates as the project progresses.
Again, we are so thankful for the donations and countless volunteer hours over the past two years that have made this amazing community project a reality. We are dedicated to making Hyde Park School a cornerstone of this community and are excited to make this community play yard a reality.
Through the generosity of the HPS families, our community, and family foundations we have already secured over $240,000 in just two short months. Our goal is to secure the remaining funds by the end of December 2017 and complete construction over the summer of 2018. This is a particularly exciting period for us as we just received a $50,000 2 for 1 matching grant. Right now, for every dollar you donate the Hyde Park School Community Play Yard will receive $3!
Our families and neighbors have risen to the challenge! We have officially matched and secured Hyde Park School Foundation’s $50,000 donation to the project.
Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, the Forker-Smith Foundation, and Oakley Community Council we can officially announce that Phase 2 is fully funded. There has been an amazing response from the community, leaving us just one phase away from funding the entire project!
Hyde Park School Foundation is matching ALL donations up until $50,000, but this opportunity ends November 14th (Only Two Weeks Away)! We’ve exceeded expectations in our matching period and we are very close to reaching our goal. Please remember no donation is too small. Donations are accepted online or can be sent to the school in an envelope marked:
3401 Edwards Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
As you are aware, we are thrilled to have successfully raised enough funds to break ground on the Community Play Yard in June 2018!
While this is just a first step and we are only halfway through our capital campaign, we feel this is a milestone worth celebrating, and one we could not have achieved without YOU! As a show of our appreciation for your support, we invite you to join us on November 14th from 7-10pm at MadTree in Oakley.
Please join us in celebration, and please feel free to include anyone you think might be interested in supporting The Hyde Park School Community Play Yard. Admission is free, but please RSVP today as space is limited! Click the link to register-RSVP NOW
Looking for some family fun and an exciting way to get rid of those Halloween pumpkins?
On Saturday, November 4 from 10am-12pm, bring your tired jack-o’-lanterns down to Hyde Park School and for a suggested donation of $5, use our amazing catapult to help us hit our fundraising target!
In addition to the Pumpkin’ Chuckin’ event, we will have fun games for the kids and the amazing Sunny Side Brunch food truck!
After less than 5 weeks of fundraising, the HPS Community Play Yard Committee is thrilled to announce that we have reached 59% of our fundraising goal! This is a momentous occasion because the generous donations from our community, parents and corporate partners has helped us to reach our first funding goal of the project. This project can officially move ahead, albeit on a limited scale. No more skinned knees in 2018!
Thank you to those who have helped us to reach this milestone, however there is still work to be done. We look forward to reaching our full fundraising potential so that we can create the full play yard depicted in the renderings, creating an amazing green space for our community and including all the wonderful educational and developmental amenities the plan has to offer.
There is still time to take advantage of the match offered by the Hyde Park School Foundation. They have pledged to match all donations up to $50,000, but this opportunity ends November 14th. Please remember that no donation is too small! Larger grants from area foundations that we are pursuing are dependent on a high participation rate from our HPS families.