Petey’s Project Playground at Hickory Creek Elementary will receive shade, but donations are still needed for additional turf.
“We bid this back in March, I believe. This is a shade structure to go with Petey’s Project at Hickory Creek that the Rotary Club donated,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “We bid extra turf and shading, but they only raised enough money for the shading so we would like to do the shading first.”
The county Financial Management Committee met to review the shade bids. Of the four bids received, the lowest bid came from Great Southern Recreation of Murfreesboro for $10,050, which includes installation. The remaining bids were over $11,000.
Put on hold due to lack of funds was additional turf. Bids on playground grass turf and installation ranged from $33,000 to $51,000.
Petey’s Project is specially designed for all children, regardless of ability. The playground project includes a solid surface for easy access, wheelchair ramps and equipment that is both challenging and fun for all children – a zipline, cozy dome, we-saw, oodle swing, and omni spinner.
Warren County has approximately 600 children with special needs and the majority of school-aged children with special needs attend Hickory Creek Elementary, where the playground was built.
The playground needed $70,000 to be established. Those funds were made possible through community donations, $20,000 from the Steve and Kate Smith Foundation, a $7,500 grant from the Reeves Foundation, and volunteers who donated their time.
For more information on Petey’s Project or how you can make a donation to continue its upgrades, visit www.allkidsplaywarrencounty.com or visit Petey’s Project on Facebook.
Financial Management Committee members unanimously approved the purchase of shade from Recreation of Murfreesboro.