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An update on Kids Oasis on the campus of Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School

Dear Lake Stevens School District families and community members,

We’re reaching out to our school district community with an update about Kids Oasis, the wooden castle park adjacent to Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School. Kids Oasis was built in 1992 through a partnership with the school district, City of Lake Stevens, numerous community volunteers, and several local businesses. Playground structures of this type have a life expectancy of 20 years. Kids Oasis is 29-years-old and has become increasingly difficult to maintain, and has become a safety hazard for our students and community members. 

We have made the difficult decision to close and dismantle the playground. This work will take place early next week.

In 2019 we had the playground assessed by its original builder to better understand the playground’s condition, and to determine the costs associated with repairing/replacing the playground. We also inquired about another community opportunity to rebuild the structure. The 2019 bid to rebuild the playground topped more than $350,000. Since that time, lumber costs have skyrocketed, pushing the rebuild estimate even higher. The school district and the city are unable to absorb these costs in our respective budgets. Additionally, due to liability issues, we are unable to have a community rebuild without significant oversight from the builder, which is also very costly. 

We know that Kids Oasis is a treasured part of our community, and that this news will be a great disappointment for many. Later this summer we will launch a survey for our students/families and community members to help us determine if we should replace Kids Oasis with another playground, and what features that playground may have. We will evaluate that feedback and provide another update to you and our community at that time. 

Thank you for your understanding.