Gardendale Elementary School will be transformed before the start of the next school year, with a significant construction project that, through 2 phases, will result in a major improvement to its playground areas.
Phase 1 will include the purchase of new smaller playground sets, landscaping and construction needed for the project.
Phase 1 is largely being paid for through the $50,000 in funds given to Gardendale Elementary late last year as part of the annual money the Mayor and City Council present local schools from the 5-mill property tax that Gardendale collects that is separate from the Jefferson County school tax.
Phase 2 will begin as Phase 1 ends, and will be supported by $283,000 given by the City, again from 5-mill tax funds, to add new, larger playground sets and construction for the safety of the area and a new track for the kids as well.
In total, about $338,000 of the total project was supplied by the Mayor and Gardendale City Council from the funds of Gardendale’s 5-mill property tax.
The improvements are projected to be completed by the end of summer and officially open for the next school year.
Update: Our source confirms that several pieces are accessible and there will be a ramp and it is ADA compliant.