Johanna Lamrock plays on the monkey bars at Hillcrest Academy.
Amy Woolvett photo
By Amy Woolvett
“The kids of Hillcrest Academy and the community of Shelburne are dreaming of a new playground-a safe and fun place for all to play and for families to gather,” said Robin Smith one of the parents involved the Hillcrest Academy Community Playground Committee.
“It’s going to be a big undertaking,” said Sue Quinlan, a Shelburne mom who first tackled the project a year ago, more recently forming a committee with other community members interested in the development.
The playground equipment is outdated and in need of replacement but Quinlan said there is no budget for new equipment with the school board.
“The school board won’t fund a playground but they will maintain it,” said Quinlan.
She said that it would be a great addition not only to the student’s at Hillcrest Academy but to the entire community.
“I would be the communities playground,” she said.
Over the past year Quinlan has taken down all the measurements for the three playground areas at Hillcrest and has done some preliminary costing for the project.
It is estimated it could cost around $150,000 to $200,000.
“It’s a big feat,” said Quinlan. “We will need as much community support as we can get.”
The first fundraiser is a Christmas stocking. The committee is hoping to get donations for items to fill a large adult stocking and a large children’s stocking full of great goodies. Tickets are being sold on the stockings for $1 per ticket.
The items to be donated must be in to Hillcrest Academy on Dec. 11 and the draw will be held on Dec. 18 at the kids Christmas concert.
This will be the first of many fundraising efforts to reach the ambitious goal for the new playground.
People in the community are asked to join the committee. Further information about the playground group can be found by contacting Sue Quinlan at Hillcrest Academy at 902-875-5300 or on the Facebook group Hillcrest Academy Community Playground Group.