Renovations are coming to the Gatewood playfield, but we need YOUR help to make it possible!
THE PRESENT: Gatewood Elementary School in West Seattle is a beautiful and historic 100-year-old school that has been a beloved place of learning for thousands of kids. Unfortunately, our school's playfield is in bad condition with poor drainage that is prone to flooding and uneven ground that is no longer usable for sports or other activities.
THE FUTURE: Imagine Gatewood's playfield with:
High-quality grass playing field and new irrigation
New track for running, walking and biking
Nature-inspired play spaces with logs, boulders and native plants
New accessible area with a “Gator” play sculpture
Trees to provide much-needed shade
WHO BENEFITS: 400 current Gatewood Elementary School students use the playground and playfield on a daily basis. In addition, the Cottage School's preschool, school-age and summer program serves 100 children. The playfield is also open to our neighbors to use during non-school hours.
WHY: Research shows kids learn better after they've had time for free play. Recess also promotes social relationships. And, a new, renovated playfield will benefit our neighbors and community, providing a space for nature and recreation.
HOW: Help us build a new playfield for the next generation of Gatewood students. Please consider making a DONATION today!
Current playfield conditions
Help us create a new
Gatewood Elementary Playfield
Our inspiration for a new playfield
In spring 2017, we gathered input from students, teachers, families and neighbors about what they wanted to see in a renovated playfield. We hired a landscape designer to draw up plans for the project based on the community's feedback.
This fall, the Gatewood Elementary PTA was awarded a $100,000 matching grant from the city of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods. This allows us to complete the first phase of the project and build the basic infrastructure.
But, in order to make the full project a reality we need to raise an additional $50,000. You can donate today to make this project happen. Does your company provide matching? Be sure to let us know!
Pending funding and contractor scheduling, we hope to begin construction during the 2017-2018 school year.
Gatewood Elementary PTA is a 501c3 nonprofit. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent determined by law.