Playgrounds on the way!
Wilkes, Fairview and Troutdale elementary schools have been completely demolished and workers are busy scooping away the rubble to make way for the playgrounds and parking lots that will be put in where the schools once stood.
"The debris is anticipated to be removed by the end of this week (July 13) at all three" elementary school projects, Bob Collins, with DAYCPM a construction management company wrote in an email.
After the sites are cleared, the grounds of the old schools will be graded. Workers will begin installing storm systems for the "hardscapes," such as parking lots and sidewalks and storm drainage for fields and playgrounds.
Then the playgrounds, covered play structures, sidewalks, parking lots, soccer and baseball fields will be installed.
The new buildings are almost complete next to the demolished schools and will welcome students this fall.
The three single-story elementary schools are being replaced with two-story buildings. Younger students will be taught on the ground floor and older students on the second floor of the new schools.
The schools are being paid for by a $125 million bond voters in the Reynolds School District approved in May 2015. As part of the bond, Reynolds High School was also renovated and expanded. Other district schools got safety and security upgrades.
Workers started stripping the three elementary schools and readied them for demolition as soon as students left for summer vacation in June.
Wilkes is at 17020 N.E. Wilkes Road, Portland; Fairview Elmentary is at 225 Main St. and Troutdale Elementary is at 648 S.E. Harlow Ave.
For more information and additional photos of the Reynolds bond projects, the district has set up a web page at reynolds.k12.or.us/bondprojects.