The Friends of the Soda Springs City Park had a successful Design Day on Thursday September 1st. The Design Day was generously sponsored by Todd Hunzeker Ford of Soda Springs.
The day began early in the elementary schools. Jim Houghton, A New York based designer who works for Leathers & Associates, came to meet with children ages Kindrgarten - 4th grade. He sat down with each grade, and talked with them about their ideal playground, and what it would include.
Laura Lind, acted as the designers apprentice, and went to Grace and gathered their ideas. The kids had many ideas ranging from trampolines, to rocket boosters, monkey bars, forts, and swings. After meeting with each grade and writing down all of their ideas, and looking over the drawings children had submitted of their ideal playgrounds, he began creating. He sat in the school for the remainder of the day designing the new playground, taking into consideration as many of the children's ideas as possible. The children were able to observe him during their lunch hour, and were able to experience what designing a playground truly entailed.
After a long day, two presentations were held that evening at Thirkill Elementary, one at 6 and 7. Houghton talked about what Leather’s & Associates does as a company, and how their playgrounds are one of a kind. They are designed and built by the community. After this introduction, Houghton revealed the new playground design. It included two areas of play. One is for small children, which included many fun sensory and climbing activities including; a combine with curved rock wall, a tee-pee fort, and musical stations. The other is catered towards an older age group, and includes a fort, twisting slides, monkey bars, a tire swing, and many other fun balance and sensory activities. All of the design is ADA accessible, which is one of L&A’s main components, and something the Friends of the Park are advocating. This new playground will serve kids of all ages, and abilities. In this playground, all abilities and ages will be able to create memories. The final design will be available soon online on Facebook and our website.
Following both presentations a celebration on the lawn of Thirkill commenced. This event was not possible without the many volunteers and contributors who helped. Included in the events was a hot dog dinner, raffles, and buying a brick, tile, or picket for the playground.
The Friends of the Soda springs City Park would like to thank the following for helping or volunteering at the celebration:
Todd Hunzeker for sponsoring the event and the $100 giveaway won by Kaylee Frandsen, Small Town, Big Hearts for helping with concessions, The Soda High School Drill team for doing Face Painting, The lions club, Advantage Plus, Marie Lakey, Medicine Mama’s, Georgia Brown’s Caramel Apples, The Elk ranch, and Edgewood Assisted Living for donating raffle items. If you won, and were not present to collect your prize please contact Laura Lind at: 208-604-0885. Winners of the raffle are as follows:
Medicine mama’s gift certificate: Carol Goodsell
Lagoon Tickets: Brooke Golightly
Kneaders Basket: Dawn Perkins
Edgewood Movie Basket: Tate Williams
The camp chef stove from the Lions & Georgia Brown’s Caramel Apples: Alan Hungerford
Thank you to Jasmin Roth, who endured freezing temperatures in the Dunk tank.
A special thanks goes out to Sue Hansen, Shannon Steele, and the school staff at Thirkill for hosting and helping with the events ALL day long.