PROJECT UPDATE – Sept 6, 2018
Last year, the play-structure at the front of the school (Kindergarten to Grate 2 yard) reached the end of its life and was removed by the OCDSB for safety reasons.
Four years ago, in anticipation of this eventuality, the KCSC struck a subcommittee to work on the fundraising, consultation and design of both a replacement structure and renewed yard. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the Knoxdale community and through grants from the City of Ottawa and the OCDSB, the committee successfully reached its fundraising goal of $100,000 this past June.
Throughout the spring, in anticipation of reaching this goal, the committee conducted various consultations with students, staff, and parents and worked closely with the OCDSB’s Facilities Department towards a plan of having the project built during the summer. During the last week of June, the committee was informed that, due to a combination of events both within the OCDSB Facilities Department and the Ottawa construction market, the project costs for the approved plan would be 1.5 to 1.75 times higher than expected and thus significantly exceed the amount that had been raised. As a result, the project was delayed until such time that conditions within the construction market return to normal.
While the committee continues to work with OCDSB Facilities Department to look at all options, the current expectation is that the project will now be built during the Summer of 2019. Although the committee, made up of volunteer parents and staff, is disappointed with this setback we will continue to work with all parties to achieve the best possible outcome for the students of Knoxdale. Any questions can be sent to
Sincerely, Eagle’s Nest Playground Project Committee
The play-structure at the front of the school is nearing it’s end of life and will soon be removed. This, along with the removal of a number of trees due to Emerald Ash Borer means the play yard needs revitalization.
We need support from the community of students, parents and their families, staff, alumni, and our friends in the surrounding neighborhoods to make this project a success.
We are working to implement a plan that will create a safe, fun, inclusive, accessible, engaging and inspiring outdoor environment that will keep those little minds, bodies and smiles going… and we need your help!