Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School Playground Improvements
The Red Hawk Ridge Elementary School is located in the eastern part of the
District bordered by Cherry Creek on the west, Cherokee Trail on the east
and residential homes and condominiums on the north and south. President
Norman Sheldon recommended to the Board this summer that we approach RHRES
to determine if they had needs the District could assist with. Principal
Mike Wurdeman identified the playground as a top priority for improvement.
It is on the western edge of the school and the turf has worn and settled
resulting in bare spots and frequent ponding. That means it is not usable
for the kids much of the time. With RHRES going to year round schools in
2014, maximizing the usage of the playground is very important to the
PJMD agreed to hire an architect, Consilium Design, to meet with CCSD
officials and develop preliminary plans for playground improvements. At
the November 19 PJMD special board meeting, the Board tentatively approved
a design concept estimated at $660,000. The top priorities of converting
the field to artificial turf, adding shade shelters, drainage improvements
and an amphitheater are included. CCSD will bid the project with some add
alternates and, based on the bids, PJMD will decide if they can move
forward with funding the entire project now or not.
PJMD and CCSD have agreed on a draft IGA which will be considered by the
CCSD Board of Education at their December 9 regular meeting. The PJMD
Board has already approved the IGA. The IGA calls for PJMD to provide the
necessary funds to CCSD to oversee the construction of the project and
CCSD will maintain the improvements once completed and accepted.
The playground will be open to the public as well as the families and
students at RHRES. PJMD is very excited to be able to contribute this
lasting improvement for current and future RHRES children as well as other
residents of PJMD and the general public.