The Belmont Elementary playground committee held a grand opening celebration for the new equipment in September. It took four years of fundraising to make the playground a possibility.

The Belmont Elementary playground committee held a grand opening celebration for the new equipment in September. It took four years of fundraising to make the playground a possibility.

Playtime at Belmont Elementary

Four years worth of fundraising has created a new playground at Belmont school, home to 560 students.

After four years of fundraising, and 25 moms and dads giving up a Saturday this summer to install it —  Belmont Elementary School has a brand new playground.

A grand opening celebration was held on Sept. 27 but unfortunately rain kept the ribbon cutting to indoors.

Four years ago, Kindergarten became full time and that’s when the PAC realized there wasn’t much life left in the wooden playground.

The PAC formed a playground committee and with movie and pub nights, selling entertainment books, craft fairs and raffles, they were able to raise $50,000. The corporate sponsors put in $45,000, said playground committee volunteer Shara Knoblauch.

There are 564 students who go to Belmont and are now enjoying the new climbing structures and slide.

When playground equipment on school ground needs replacing, it is not funded by the school district or any government. The expensive equipment is commonly purchased by the PAC who fundraise extensively.