One of our more fun jobs in late 2014 was for our friends at Collingwood College.
The college caters for students from Prep through to Year 12, and they were part way through constructing a massive adventure playground for the younger kids. The playground, constructed largely from natural materials, follows the school boundary and has large stretches of raised platforms, ramps, bridges and walkways.
With work nearing completion, the college asked us to come in on a Saturday and help out at one of their regular ‘working bees’. The job entailed levelling the areas in and around the playground to enable the installation of ‘soft-fall’ materials (bark, sand, rubber etc). That way if any of the kids do take a tumble, it should be relatively painless!
Despite the large area, access to and from the playground was restricted at just over 1400mm. Luckily, it was sufficient for us to very carefully (and slowly) sneak our CAT 302.4 Excavator in to do the heavy lifting and digging. Unfortunately the terrain we were working in (we literally had an excavator in a sand pit!) meant that we had to barrow out most of the spoils. That said, there was a great crew of parents on hand to help out, and boy they were keen! Other than a few ‘mandatory’ coffee breaks, they kept up a constant stream of barrows.
We also had some specialist help and supervision throughout the day, which made it great fun, and at times very entertaining! Nothing quite like being told that you’re doing it wrong, and you need to dig the other way!! 🙂
To help move the dirt (approximately half had to be removed, and the rest spread at the back of the oval) we also rolled in the CAT 226B2. In total, we moved over 30 cubic metres of dirt, and managed to completely level the playground.
It was a fun and productive day, and it was fantastic to see such a strong and active community at the school. Can’t wait to see how the playground turns out!