A.J. West Elementary waited a long time for a new playground.
“It was 1994 when the playground was last put in, and it was immediately vandalized. Half of it was not really usable and it really deteriorated over the years” said Kelly Stewart, a member of the seven-person committee who worked to have a brand new, ADA-accessible, $67,000 playground put in over the past year and a half.
“…We’re really upgrading,” he said.
The school held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to present the new playground and to thank those who donated to make the project possible. The project received $20,000 from the Aberdeen Rotary, $10,000 from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, $5,000 from Seabrook, and $500 from the Aberdeen Lions Club — and Roglins donated their time by removing the prior playground so the new one could be built, said Stewart. The elementary students also helped, raising $600 through a penny-drive.