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A note from the Archdiocese of Louisville 

 

Watch the playpark evolve…..

Time Lapse Video of the Natural Playpark Construction

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 03/18/19

Site Work:

  • Spring and latch closures are being installed on all gates.
  • We are working with Kompan on the proper placement of the mountaineering rope pole.
  • Installation of the rubberized mound for slides has been delayed as we are waiting on Spring i.e. consistent 45 degrees weather for one week)
  • Fence completion (waiting on landscaping and mound)
  • The pressure-treated fence will be stained and sealed in the next few months. Stain is being selected now.
  • The new parking spots are being paved this week.

Public Relations:

  • Savannah Farley and Mary Rose Battcher have scheduled a photo shoot this week of the Student Council Officers on the slides which will be included in our 2017-2018 school yearbook.
  • A photo shoot was held last Friday with the Preschool kids for a “thank you” image to be shared on donation and fundraising efforts. See below.
  • Ribbon cutting/grand opening event planning as started. We are checking the schedules of Father John and Archbishop Kurtz.

Fundraising:

  • Through January 2018, we have raised $85,938, 37% of our fundraising goal. Please consider making a donation today. See attached report.

 

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 02/18                                                                                                                              Combined report for two weeks

Site Work:

  • Grading & Landscaping:
  1. Grading for seed and straw began 1/29
    1. There are limitations on planting; Call before dig, weather and locations needs to be flagged.
    2. Kristen Booker suggested that Miller Mowing & Landscaping, our landscape installation company, could plan on doing a student-involved planting and to be thinking of an occasion that would work.
  1. The creek bed was poured and boulders are being placed.

Concrete Work:

    1. Concrete pads are being poured as weather allows. Picnic-table area concrete slab, and the sidewalks near Ministry House, are poured.
    2. Stepping stones to be installed this week, as weather allows, and we would like the preschool to be involved in the setting of stones. Shelly Pierce and Tim Dues are arranging details.

Gates & Fencing:

    1. Fence is complete except for one section that will remain open until all equipment can be permanently moved out.
    2. Gate design is being revisited to ensure there will be no future sagging. And, we are checking to ensure gate hardware is in compliance with Preschool regulations.

Play Equipment:

    1. Play equipment arrived 2/6
  1. Installation of the slide began.
  2. All music and play equipment will be installed in the next week.
  • Note: Rubber play surface and asphalt: Weather must stay in the mid-40’s or above for several days for installation

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 02/04

Site Work:

  • Grading for seed and straw began 1/29
  • Also this week:
    1. The creek bed was poured and boulders are being placed.
    2. Installation of the slide began.
  • Fence is completed except for one section that will remain open until all equipment can be permanently moved out.
  • Weather permitting: All music and play equipment will be installed, and stepping stone path installed by 2/12
  • Note: Rubber play surface and asphalt: Weather must stay in the mid-40’s or above for several days for installation

Donation Efforts:

  • The Fundraising Committee is submitting four grants, totaling $10,000, this week.

 

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 01/28

Site Work:

  • A LG&E utility pole was moved 1/25 to allow for additional parking spaces.

Donation Efforts:

  • Grants are being submitted to various foundations and organizations in our community.
  • The Fundraising Report, completed through November 2017, is available on our playpark webpage.
  • The Fundraising Committee meets next Tuesday, 1/30, at 3:30 pm.

 

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 01/21

Site Work:

  • The inclement weather has suspended most progress this week.

Donation Efforts:

  • We thank the family of Ray Thornton, our beloved long-term parishioner, who have made donations to the playpark in his memory. Ray was a great advocate and visionary for the parish, and particularly capital improvements and building projects. He will be missed.
  • The Fundraising Report, completed through November 2017, is now published on our playpark webpage.

Publicity:

E-Z Construction is featuring our project on their website. Check out the cool aerial view of construction that was shot from a drone:  http://www.ezconst.com/our_projects/st-gabriel-archangel-parish-natural-play-park/

  • Chairpersons and Communications officers from additional organizations have been added to this email distribution list to increase communication efforts on the project across the parish.

 

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 01/14

Site Work:

  • The play hill has been built. It will be covered with rubberized mulch and will include built-in slides.

Donation Efforts:

  • We thank the family of Theresa Browning. The family of the deceased suggested that donations can be made in her honor to St. Gabriel and St. Gabriel Natural Playpark.
  • The Men’s Club is donating $4,550 to the project for the Gaga Ball pit construction. Fish Fry proceeds will be used to offset this playpark expense. Let’s supports the Men’s Club and this great cause. Get ready for the Codfather sammich starting Feb 16th!
  • The Fundraising Report, completed through November 2017, is now published on our playpark webpage.

Publicity:

Our preschool kids are handwriting thank-you cards to our donors. A short thank-you video from the children is also in the works.

Stay in The Know:

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 01/07

Site Work:

  • The general form and shape of the playpark and individual activity areas are becoming clearly defined.
  • Our LG&E Electric Locator (that’s a person’s position) visited 1/5/18 and evaluated the location of the light pole that needs to be moved. It will be moved in to the grassy area to the right of the new parking places. Contract paperwork is being completed.

Donation Efforts:

  • Thanks to our fundraising efforts, generous parishioner donations and grant applications we have raised over $75,000 for our playpark. Please consider making a donation today. Our goal is to raise $156,000 more dollars.
  • The Men’s Club has agreed to sponsor the Gaga Ball pit construction in the amount of $4,500
  • Donor William Nevin, made a generous contribution for the playpark recyclable benches in loving memory of Linda Fox Nevin. We thank our donors for their support. You are truly investing in a legacy for our future.
  • The Fundraising Report, completed through November 2017, is now published on our playpark webpage.

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 12/31

Site Work:

  • Music instrument placement:  we determined that the contrabass chimes will flank the landscaping, the drums will flank the outside of the music area and the lily pad chimes will complete a triangle of the instruments. Instruments will have enough space behind them so students can experiment in a “band” like format.
  • The original curb for the music area will be extended to allow proper spacing for the wooden play house in the same area.
  • All Kompan equipment has been delivered to Tim Dues and EZ Construction’s warehouse.
  • Stream placement has been approved and construction began 12/19/17 on the stream and slide mound.
  • Discussed rounding of edges on the stage for safety. Tim assures that will be completed before park opens.

Donation Efforts:

  • We thank our parishioners for donating $8,146 through our in-pew collection efforts over the last two Christmas seasons. And, we are still calculating donations from our Dec 24/25 Christmas weekend masses. Please kindly consider a donation to this worthy cause. We plan to raise $180,000 more in donations, sponsorship and grants to retire the debt for this project.

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 12/17

Site Work:

  • Concrete Work: Concrete is being poured for picnic area, remaining sidewalks and entrances.
  • Light Pole: A parishioner has contacted LG&E on our behalf to request that the light pole be moved. The light pole is now in the middle of a new parking space.
  • Lighting & Security: LED lights are replacing the existing lighting on the exterior of the Ministry House.

Fundraising:

  • We have created a donation wish list that include several pieces of playpark equipment. This week, we will place special donation envelopes in the pews to boost year-end giving towards our playpark.

 Stay in The Know:

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Project Lead Shelly Pierce at shunt@stgabriel.net or 502-239-1298.

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 12/10

Site Work:

  • Play Equipment: The initial order of play equipment arrived and is being housed at E-Z Construction.
  • Concrete Work: Concrete is being poured for picnic area, remaining sidewalks and entrances.
  • Gaga Pall Pit: The Gaga Ball pit is constructed. It’s a wooden octagon with benches around the outer-sides. Gaga ball is similar to dodge

Fundraising:

  • We need to raise $180,000 through fundraisers and donations to retire the debt on this project. Please consider making a year-end donation. There are special white remittance envelopes in the pews beginning this weekend.

Stay in The Know:

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Project Lead Shelly Pierce at shunt@stgabriel.net or 502-239-1298.

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 11/19

Site:

  • Focus Area: Main entrances and fencing. We changed the line of the walkway from the playpark main entrance to the Ministry House.
  • Sensory path: The sensory kit stones are due back on November 15th. The design team and contractor discussed the final design of a wacky tree-trunk path around the sandbox with layers of sand and gravel, followed by crushed limestone on the top.
  • We are grading the area for the Gaga pit.
  • Next, we will dig out for the sandbox.

Fundraising:

  • Thank you to the family of two of our long-time parishioners for donating the money for the remaining seven recycled benches for the playpark in honor of their 85th birthdays. The Knights of Columbus will travel to Evansville, Indiana on November 16th to pick up the benches.

 Stay in The Know:

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Project Lead Shelly Pierce at shunt@stgabriel.net or 502-239-1298.

 

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 11/12

  • Thank you to Elite Homes! We had a wonderful group of ladies from Elite Homes (Parishioner Donna Tovar) donate $571.00 to the playpark this week. They each donate a portion of their home sales to a charity fund, nominate a charity, and each year choose one to donate to. We were the lucky ones chosen this year.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Project Lead Shelly Pierce at shunt@stgabriel.net or 502-239-1298.

Playpark Progress Update Weekending 11/5

  • Join us this Saturday, November 4th for the St. Gabriel Night at the Races. Our PTSO is sponsoring this event to raise money for our playpark. Thank you PTSO!
  • Site Work:
  • Playpark Progress Update Weekending 11/5
    • The water line for the fountain and water feature is now tied in to 8608 Augustine Way. Fountains will arrive mid-November.
    • Irrigation system –  Bids are being procured for the system. To install an irrigation system, E-Z Construction recommends a dedicated irrigation meter for the playpark, in lieu of tying in to the existing water line at 8608 Augustine Way. Over time, this will reduce costs associated with the sewer system (MSD). The design plans account for a dedicated meter as well.
    • The neighbors requested use of the heavy-duty woven wire mesh panel fencing on their side of the playpark, in addition to its planned use throughout the remainder of the playpark. They preferred this kind of fencing in lieu of a privacy fence.
    • Tunnel: We evaluated the proximity to the fence to the play-tunnel, and have opted to move the tunnel farther away from the fence line.
    • The stage has been staked in to the playpark. It is now a 10 x 16 rectangle. There will be a curvilinear pole design on the top.
    • Kompan Equipment ship date is 11/24.
    • Join us this Saturday, November 4th for the St. Gabriel Night at the Races. Our PTSO is sponsoring this event to raise money for our playpark. Thank you PTSO!

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 10/29

  • Site Work:
    • A privacy fence is being built and installed on the north-facing side of the playpark.
    • The play tunnel has been installed
    • Sensory path stones are due November 15th so we may begin installation.
  • Design:
    • We discussed the construction of the small stage and opted to construct a rectangular U-like structure instead of circular to ensure more durability
    • The firepit area is moving to the area where the shed is located on the original design plan. This will ensure its away from all pole wires.

Volunteer Committees: Four volunteer committees have been formed to move the playpark project forward. These committees are: Fundraising, Marketing Materials, Community Outreach and Policy & Procedure Council. See the attached flyer for more details. We’ve had six volunteer commitments so far. Learn more here: https://www.stgabriel.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Playpark-Volunteer-Committees.pdf

 

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 10/22/17

  • Site Work:
    • Concrete has been poured for the sidewalks and Gaga Ball pit.
    • We are working with our neighbor to build a privacy fence between their property and our playpark.
  • Landscaping: Several bushes were removed along the fence line between 8606 and 8608 Augustine Way.
  • Watch construction progress: https://www.stgabriel.net/parish/natural-playpark/
  • Volunteer Committees: We will contact volunteers next week to begin committee meetings. We have found several grants and foundations that will support our initiative. We need volunteers to assist with writing proposals. You can still join a committee: https://www.stgabriel.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Playpark-Volunteer-Committees.pdf

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Project Lead Shelly Pierce at shunt@stgabriel.net or 502-239-1298.

 

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 10/15/17

  • Site Work: Work has been delayed due to weather conditions.
  • Volunteer Committees: Four volunteer committees have been formed to move the playpark project forward. These committees are: Fundraising, Marketing Materials, Community Outreach and Policy & Procedure Council. See the attached flyer for more details. We’ve had six volunteer commitments so far. Learn more here: https://www.stgabriel.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Playpark-Volunteer-Committees.pdf

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 10/8/17

  • Site Work:
    • We are currently forming the first half of the sidewalk. We plan to pour cement on Thursday.
    • The gaga ball pit has been laid out.
    • We confirmed the look and placement of the tunnels at the entrances. The tunnel will be close to small gathering area in the corner closest to Augustine Way.
  • Musical Instruments: For security purposes, the musical instruments are being shipped to the E-Z Construction shop until installation.
  • Kompan Equipment: The ship date remains 11/24. E-Z Construction will confirm length, inclines, and needs for slides with the distributor.
  • Landscaping:
    • Bid proposals have been sent out and are due back October 12th to Maintenance Technician Alaina Mikulcik.
    • A team met at Crane Landscaping on Friday 10/6/17 at 3:30 for stone selection.

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 10/1/17

  • Site Work:
    • Finishing up drain work this week. A plumber expected to be onsite on 9/28.
    • The next step will be to start carving out sidewalks. By the end of next week, visitors should be able to see the shape/design of the park areas. After the sidewalks, we will start on play areas.
    • Carpenters are here next week to start on the fence (privacy) around the home of our neighbor at 8602 Augustine Way. The yard work is complete at the same neighbor’s home. Seed and straw are in place.
  • Musical instruments: The items have been ordered, and will arrive next week.
  • Bottle Cap Recycling Program: Our goal is to secure enough caps by the end of October to purchase the remaining benches. We will continue to collect for the picnic tables.
  • Volunteer Committees: Four volunteer committees have been formed to move the playpark project forward. These committees are: Fundraising, Marketing Materials, Community Outreach and Policy & Procedure Council. See the attached flyer for more details. We’ve had four volunteer commitments so far.
  • Sensory Path Kits: We have sold 42 sensory path kits to date. Kits can be purchased from our Preschool/After School Care Office. Please contact Shelly Pierce at shunt@stgabriel.net to make arrangements to purchase a kit.

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 9/24/17

  • Site work: If the ground dries up a bit more, E-Z Constructions crew will be able to finish up the drainage work by end of this week/beginning of next week. The next step is grading; carving out land for the Amphitheater and sidewalk.
  • Play Equipment: Final Kompan play equipment selections were ordered with delivery in November. E-Z Construction and Booker Design Collaborative are verifying the actual footprint of the equipment as compared to the design drawings. If the equipment does not utilize the entire footprint, then the project team agreed to retain all planned mulched areas for playpark equipment, so we can purchase additional playpark equipment in the future as funds allow.
  • Bottle Cap Recycling Program: Shelly Pierce is contacting local companies to participate in our bottle cap collection to increase cap collections. We need an additional 3000 lbs. of caps to secure seven benches and three picnic tables for the playpark. We would like to continue the program after we have collected caps for the playpark, with a goal to provide benches for St. Gabriel Park.
  • Volunteer Committees: Four volunteer committees have been formed to move the playpark project forward. These committees are: Fundraising, Marketing Materials, Community Outreach and Policy & Procedure Council. See the attached flyer for more details.
  • Prayer Garden: We plan to bless the prayer garden after the Noon Mass tentatively on October 22nd. More details to come.

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 9/17

  • Site Work:  Delay on storm sewer drain due to rain and muddy conditions. We have to do some of the work in a neighbor’s yard and we want to be respectful.  We cleared the property and backfilled the basement holes in the meantime.
  • Musical Instruments:   We are planning for four outside musical instruments. We are changing the layout so that the instruments can be played together in a “band setting.”
  • Hydrant/Sink: The permit was denied for the handwashing station since hot water is not accessible. Plans are being revised to eliminate one water fountain on the south-end side of park, and then to create a side-by-side water fountain/spigot or combination water fountain/spigot in the location where the handwashing sink was intended to go. Engineer Rick Storm will move forward with completing the drinking fountain submittal under this revised plan.
  • Sensory Path: E-Z Construction has committed to outlining the sensory path for the preschool-led team to place the sensory path stones in to the path. We need 40 foot of stones.
  • Landscaping: There are minimum requirements for landscaping. Kristin has two contractor contacts if we need a separate bid. Booker Design with meet with the Facilities team next week at 8:30 am to discuss the list of landscaping needs in order to procure a bid by November 1. Planting will start in November.

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 9/10:

  • Drainage work has been delayed due to heavy rain. Once the area is dry, work will begin on storm sewer installation (3 days) and filling the basement holes with dirt (2 days).
  • There will be limited onsite work this week.
  • We need to secure seven more bottle cap benches and three picnic tables.
  • Three bottle cap benches were donated to Spencer Brown’s Eagle Scout Project – the prayer garden. The prayer garden is near completion.

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 8/27

  • The excavator and other heavy equipment are scheduled to be on site 8/22/17, with brick removal and demolition kicking off. E-Z Construction is verifying with excavator operator on safe viewing areas for students and staff. Viewing locations and times will be communicated via email to staff within the week.
  • The second Hudson Lane entrance is the designated construction entrance. Directional signage will be posted by Thursday.
  • A large 4×8 sign announcing the playpark project will be installed 8/23/17 close to the staging area.
  • Our neighbors on Augustine Way and St. Gabriel received a letter notifying them of the construction timelines.
  • Stepping stones were made by the Preschool kids to be incorporated in to the Prayer Garden created by the Boy Scouts as part of Spencer Brown’s Eagle Scout project. Way to go Spencer!
  • The Preschool assumed responsibility for marketing, collecting, sorting and packaging the bottle cap collections during the spring. The Knights of Columbus have offered to truck up the current bottle cap collection, and pick up the completed benches. Four park benches are being picked up on Sept. 1st from Green Tree Plastics. Each bench costs $200, plus 20 pounds of caps. Keep those caps coming! And, thank you to our St. Gabriel Knights!

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 8/20

  • Current play yard at the Ministry House will not be used by the Preschool as of 8/16 to ensure the safety of the children during construction.
  • Boy Scout Spencer Brown designed, and is coordinating, the installation of a prayer garden as part of an Eagle Scout project. Installation started 8/11.
  • Booker Design Collaborative contacted the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Tree Canopy Group of Louisville in hopes of having trees donated thanks to their new initiative.
  • A drinking fountain plan and request has been submitted to health department.

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 8/13/17

  • We have received our site disturbance permit.
  • Tree protection fencing will be installed this week.
  • Beginning August 14, parking will need to be adjusted to accommodate the construction staging area in the back of campus.
  • Communication is being sent to the neighbors detailing the pending demolition and hours of operation.
  • A  webcam has been installed to document the construction.

Playpark Progress Report Weekending 8/1/17

  • We are still waiting on the demo permit.
  • The asbestos abatement has been completed and the utilities have been notified to disconnect service.  At this point, we are waiting on notification from LG&E that they have disconnected their service.  They have up to 10 days after being notified by the owner, so should be completed by 8/4.
  • MSD has approved the plans and the site disturbance permit has been issued.
  • Staff has been notified of staging area and parking adjustments.