SRCSA Playground Build Day! June 10, 2017

The School for the Arts Community Organization is delighted to invite members of the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts community to participate in SRCSA’s Playground Build event on Saturday, June 10.  This is the first community event on the Humboldt campus since our school closed for renovation in summer 2015. What a wonderful chance to check out the improved campus, meet other SRCSA families, and to pitch in to make the outdoor areas even better!

We will be installing Global Motion, a rotating two-level play object that will surely delight SRCSA students, large musical instruments, and friendship benches. Once these tasks are accomplished, we will be filling the “Big Toy” and “Global Motion” play areas with wood fiber and then celebrating with ice cream.

If you have time to volunteer, even for part of the day, there are still some open slots and we still need your help. Because the event is only a week away, we can’t promise custom-fit event t-shirts but we will have various sizes on hand for those who sign up soon.

Sign up to help here:

Join Us on Saturday, June 10 for Fun

We really need helpers but we’ll also accept spectators. We’re delighted to welcome children to play on the existing playground equipment, participate in low-key activities, and have fun. All children must be supervised by parents/guardians. Plan on arriving after noon or you may be put to work! At 12:15, we will have a small group of volunteers on hand to facilitate fun in the “Little Toy” playground area. Children and their parents can play, peer into the windows of the new classrooms, and generally take in the beautiful campus. Older children are welcome to pitch in if we are still moving wood chips in the afternoon!

Ice Cream at 2:00 PM

We’ll do a “ribbon cutting” ceremony and serve donated Three Twins ice cream starting at around 2:00 PM. We would love to have a feel for how many people might arrive seeking ice cream, so please RSVP to SACO if you’re not volunteering but plan to stop by for the fun part. Our email address is

Campus is Still Under Construction

Most of the work is complete! We’ve heard from the district that Phase 2 (renovation of the older classrooms) will be completed by end of June 2017. The central area and the parking lot will be paved and re-striped, and the walking path will be installed, in July and August. Sod will be installed in the field area after the path is completed. It seems that everything will be sparkling when the new school year starts on August 15, 2017!

Because the campus is still under construction, it will remain fenced off throughout the summer. If you plan on joining us during the Build Day, please plan on parking off-site and walking in. While our kiddos will have to wait until August to return to the playground, hopefully they will be even more enthusiastic about the year ahead after seeing it all in person!  If you require any special parking or other accommodations, please contact SACO at


The playground project has been made possible by the following people and companies:

School for the Arts Community Organization (2015-2016 & 2016-2017 Board members): Vanessa Bailey, Malia Bernal, Mark Jenkins, Mahrya Mirante, Erin Morris, Kim Norts, Judy O’Donnell, Lissa Provost, Tara Renner, Pam Roth, and Tiffany Seder.

KaBOOM! “Play Matters for All Kids” KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. Their $15,000 grant, funded by their partners Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and technical training helped make this project happen.

Kirby Construction: Kirby donated critical equipment, labor, and expertise and this project would not have been possible without their help. Thank you, SRCSA parent Jared Johnson, and Kirby Construction!

Three Twins Ice Cream: We are also grateful to Petaluma-based Three Twins ice cream, who is donating their delicious ice cream for our event. Three cheers for Three Twins, and for Madagascar Vanilla and Lemon Cookie deliciousness.

Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts Community: This project was funded by proceeds from the 2016 Spring Event at Lagunitas and from funds raised at Art Walk 2016. SACO is only effective because of parent and community support for our school. SRCSA community members who played a key role in the project include Bronwen Bryson, Kristi Harris, Kristin Hendricks, Carl Servais, Susan Surmick, Susan Thompson, and Hank Trione. Thanks to the other parents who joined us for early visioning of this project, too.

Santa Rosa City Schools: Our project could not happen without support from the Santa Rosa City Schools district staff, in particular Rick Edson and his team. SRCS’s construction manager Scott Baer and others are helping us get through the home stretch. Thank you SRCS team!!

Ross Recreation: Ross is SACO’s playground vendor and they were amazing at helping support all of SACO’s efforts in this project. Thank you Astrid, Susan, and Diego for your expertise and dependable good cheer!