Timeline & Facts


Order Equipment: June 2016
Installation: July 2016 through August 2016
Celebration: August 2016 (Ready in time for the Olmsted Back To School BBQ!)


  • 1989—Existing playground installed at Olmsted Elementary. The Olmsted Elementary playground was built nearly 30 years ago. Our culture of learning inside the classroom has dramatically changed over the past 30 years and we’d like to request your support in helping our outdoor classroom be more consistent with the creativity, ingenuity, and innovation found inside our building.
  • 1993—The American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) F1487 was released. The ASTM F1487 is a consumer safety performance specification that provides safety and performance standards for various types of public playground equipment. Its purpose is to reduce life-threatening and debilitating injuries. Thus, 4 years after the existing Olmsted playground equipment was installed the industry started to become much more regulated and standards started to emerge to increase playground safety.DonateNow4
  • 15 to 20 years—This is considered the normal life expectancy of playground equipment. Many factors are considered when it comes to longevity: type of materials used (steel vs. aluminum vs. wood or composite material), method of installation (direct bury vs. surface mounted), where in the country it is being installed (coastal regions with high atmospheric sea salt aerosol vs. a desert with relentless sun and UV), frequency of use, volume of users, etc.
  • 9.4%—Population growth in the city of Urbandale between 2010 and 2014.
  • The District has seen steady growth in enrollment and youth activities throughout the community.
  • District facilities support over 3,900 students throughout the school year in addition to over 13,000 youth participating in school and community-sponsored activities.
  • We’ve conducted extensive research about playground equipment and evaluated multiple proposals based on numerous criteria including safety, cost efficiencies, longevity, accessibility, usefulness, and engagement.
  • A new playground will: improve accessibility for students of all abilities, support more complex coordination and motor skills, encourage greater physical activity, provide equipment that is engaging, exciting, and fun to play on!
  • Recess is an important part of our learning culture as it’s a time when students learn and grow fundamental social and relationship-building skills such as: how to invite others to play, how to ask to be included, how to problem solve, how to create games that are inclusive, how to take turns, how to share, how to create positive interactions.