New Kindergarten Playground

Louisville Elementary was awarded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) mini grant in the fall of 2014 to address the Kindergarten playground whose play elements were installed at the schools inception in 1963 and whose slide structure was installed (used) over 20 years ago. The project was necessary to correct safety, accessibility and low quality of play. The grant process is highly competitive, so being awarded the grant was quite an accomplishment! We are thrilled the project has become a reality for the children in our community. We were able to add and improve upon the existing trike track, make the playground ADA accessible, address drainage issues, install natural components such as a climbing structure, boulders, see-saw and spinning plates, and build a climbing mound with slide.

The following list includes our invaluable in-kind donations. These companies went above and beyond to help make this playground a reality and our thanks is immeasurable!

The companies whose donated time and services were invaluable and the project could never have been completed without are: JVA Inc. and Fischer Construction.

Others that donated time included: Urban Play Studios, Dan’s Custom Construction, the City of Louisville, BVSD and the Boulder Valley Colorado Youth Core.

The total grant budget was $60,000, and the PTA was required to fund $15,000 through in-kind donations and cash. The PTA contributed $9,000 thatwas collected through Whole Foods Bag Credits and through a coupon fundraiser with Schoola.

In keeping with the natural theme of the playground, we are always looking for natural and found items for the sandbox. Items that can continually be donated are pinecones, sturdy sticks, pieces of wood or logs in various sizes, used metal/sturdy kitchen utensils (from Arc, Goodwill, etc.), used metal/sturdy kitchen bowls, pots, pans (from Arc, Goodwill, etc), and other natural or sturdy items

The project was completed last year during the 2015-2016 school year.


KG playground opening



Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,500 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit for more information.

GoCo Mini Grant Final


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