Students, parents and community partners at Nottingham Elementary School will celebrate the fruits of a 2½-year fundraising campaign on Saturday, Nov. 14, as a custom-designed SPARK Park is dedicated on the school grounds, located at 570 Nottingham Oaks Trail.
A separate SPARK Park dedication will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, at Valley Oaks Elementary School. The PTA groups at both Spring Branch ISD elementaries have raised more than $300,000 each for special school park improvements and features.
The Nottingham SPARK Park dedication will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be followed by a school carnival. More than $300,000 was raised by both area businesses and school partners to remake a tired area of Nottingham’s grounds into a vibrant and revitalized community park and public space.
Among other improvements, Nottingham’s new park will feature a paved track and new field, a prekindergarten play area, and a brick and wrought iron park entrance. Trees for Houston has planted 47 new trees at the site.
The Valley Oaks Elementary park dedication will be held at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19, and it will coincide with an unveiling of the 2016 SPARK Art Calendar. Valley Oaks is featured as the calendar’s October campus.
The Valley Oaks PTA contributed $356,000 to SPARK Park improvements with a successful capital campaign through both corporate sponsors and families. Tammy Bateman is a Valley Oaks Elementary Diamond Sponsor.
The rededicated school park includes fitness equipment, a gazebo, play equipment, and a track and soccer field. Trees for Houston planted 40 trees in the park assisted by Cub Scout Pack 552.