Wedgewood Elementary Dedicates SPARK Park

Wedgewood Elementary Dedicates SPARK Park
Posted on 11/27/2017
SPARK ParkWedgewood Elementary in the Clear Creek Independent School District recently held a special dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil its brand new community SPARK Park.

The SPARK School Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks on public school grounds. In the past 30 years, SPARK has built over 200+ community parks throughout the Houston/Harris County area. Wedgewood is the second SPARK Park in Clear Creek ISD, the first being McWhirter Elementary.

“Our new SPARK Park offers a variety of play options to keep our children active during recess including building strength, swings, tether ball and self-directed play on our track,” said Principal Buffie Johnson. “It also serves as a safe place to unite our community where families can bring their children to play in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer.”

The Wedgewood Elementary SPARK Park is a cooperative venture of Clear Creek ISD and Wedgewood Elementary parents and students. The park includes a teaching theatre, play equipment, swings, picnic tables, benches and new trees. The new concrete walking track features an alphabet snake, hop scotch, long jump, four square, running circles, footprints and donor pavers.

Under the direction of Wedgewood art teacher Colleen Browning, all students from PK-3 through 5th grade participated in creating tiles for the six pillars of character mosaics. Trees for Houston planted 25 trees in the park. The park was designed by VLK Architects.

The cost of the project was close to $400,000. Fundraising efforts by Wedgewood Elementary totaled more than $42,000, with $20,000 from the PTA. Clear Creek ISD contributed over $201,000 for new playground equipment and SPARK contributed $150,000 of park desert funding from Houston Endowment and The Kinder Foundation.

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