Community comes together to build new playground at North Elementary

A GROUP WORKS Saturday to install a piece of playground equipment thought to be unique in the Upper Peninsula during a Community Build Day at North Elementary School in Iron Mountain. From left are Iron Mountain Public Schools School Board member Scott Celello, Iron Mountain City Manager Jordan Stanchina, IMPS Director of Technology Ben Reath, James Forrester and IMPS Executive Administrative Assistant Laura Hagan. (Maryssa Gussert/Iron Mountain Public Schools)

A host of volunteers turned out Saturday and Sunday for a “Community Build” to help construct a new playground at North Elementary School, in partnership with Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools.

The playground was designed by Penchura LLC and built under the supervision of Doug Smith.

Having the volunteers install the equipment was expected to save an estimated $42,000 and bring the playground cost down to about $152,000, some of which was covered by a community schools grant.

It replaces a playground that had fallen into disrepair at the school, 900 Fifth St. in Iron Mountain.

“We came across a few hiccups throughout the weekend, but Mountaineers do a great job of coming together to solve a problem and get stuff done,” said Maryssa Gussert, Iron Mountain Public Schools communication coordinator.

A WIDER VIEW of the playground volunteers helped assemble and install this weekend at Iron Mountain’s North Elementary School.

“In addition to the hundred people who dedicated time from their weekend for this special project, multiple local companies came together to make this dream come true and we are all so grateful,” Gussert said. She named Champion Inc., Swanson Solutions LLC, M.J. Electric, Grow Maxx, Advanta Print, Subway and Home Depot as major contributors to the project.

“We wanted to provide a product where kids are excited to be outside and they are safe,” Iron Mountain Public Schools Superintendent Jerry Sardina said. “We know that we are offering a playground that helps teachers inside the classroom on so many levels.”


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