Schoolyard Improvement Project
*UPDATE #2 September 2019
The project has been slightly delayed, as a City of Toronto Arborist noticed that the digging that was happening along the Clinton Street retaining wall was too close to the roots of the trees, so the design has had to be modified to accommodate this. Construction will resume ASAP.
*UPDATE September 2019
Construction is well underway and should be completed by the end of the month! The newly sodded field will remain fenced throughout the fall and winter to allow the soil to settle and grass to put down roots, and protect it from damage.
*UPDATE June 2019
Thanks to our successful online auction fundraiser, and other dedicated fundraisers over the past 2 years, we were able to reach our goal of $20,000 to put toward the schoolyard improvement project!
The project has been approved and tendered, and is slated to start in mid-late July! We don’t yet know how long the project is anticipated to take, so may not be completed before the start of the new school year. But once it’s finished, we will have a beautiful outdoor space for the students and community to enjoy!
*UPDATE May 2019
Finally, the (almost) final plan for the Clinton Schoolyard! We have requested a couple of small changes since these drawings were given to us (ie. moving the basketball nets from their existing location to be adjacent to the school wall), but aside from those, the majority of this plan is final.
The project plan includes:
• a new, additional, fenced kindergarten space at the front of the school
• repaving the majority of the existing paved areas, including a new asphalt track with painted lines
• removing some asphalt at the north end of the schoolyard and replacing with mulch, log seating, trees and shrubs
• a newly graded and sodded field
• new seating and retaining walls along Clinton Street
• wooden benches built around several trees
• a wooden multi-use platform – can be used as seating, as a stage, as an outdoor classroom area, etc.
• painted games (hopscotch, four square etc.) on the asphalt
*UPDATE December 2018
The schoolyard project Master Plan is nearing completion! We are working closely with the TDSB team to make sure our requests are worked into the plan, budget-permitting. This project will proceed with funds raised through School Council along with funding and resources provided by the TDSB.
The project plan includes (areas marked in red are top priority):
an additional kindergarten space at the front of the school,
repaving the majority of the paved areas including a new asphalt track with painted lines,
replacing some asphalt at the north end (highlighted in yellow) with a natural surface (mulch etc.),
a newly graded and sodded field (with baseball fences removed),
new seating and retaining walls along Clinton Street.
The school community will be responsible for paying for any enhancements, such as new seating, painted graphics like hopscotch and four-square, a proposed small stage for dramatic play, sensory stations etc. The project will start sometime in 2019, TDB. The areas on the drawing that are not outlined in red show changes that were proposed but do not fall within the TDSB's budget for our school.
The following image shows the Master Plan drawing as of April 2018 - please note this is NOT the final plan, it is still being modified and finalized.
*UPDATE March 2018
The Parent Social raised an incredible $10,000 for the Schoolyard Improvement Project. Those funds, along with funding from the TDSB, are the start of a multi-phase renovation of the outdoor space surrounding the school. As of right now the TDSB plans to begin the project in 2019.
The Clinton Schoolyard is in desperate need of maintenance and repair. Clinton St. Junior Public School's principal, Sonia Antunes, along with a group of parent volunteers, are in talks with the TDSB to get some much-needed work done on the property in the coming year. The TDSB will only fund the repair and maintenance of the track and paved areas, grass and trees, and overall infrastructure, but anything that could be considered an "enhancement" is up to the school to fund.
The Schoolyard Committee has surveyed parents, teachers and students to get a broad idea of what sort of things we feel would improve the schoolyard for Clinton students and teachers, as well as the community surrounding it, and these results will be presented to the TDSB in mid-November 2017.
The TDSB will then come up with a master plan proposal and present it to us toward the end of 2017. Their goal is to have all of the plans in place by January 2018 in order to (hopefully) start working on it in the summer of 2018.
The Clinton School Council will need to fundraise if there are to be any enhancements made to the schoolyard, such as any new equipment or structures.
The support of parents and community members will be crucial to making our hopes for this space come to fruition!