SUIMA christens SunUte playground

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Students from the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy help to dedicate the park on Monday, Dec. 17.
SunUte Director Robin Duffy-Wirth was elated to see the new playground filled with SUIMA students following the dedication.
The upper elementary students at SUIMA gravitated to the merry-go-round.
SunUte Director Robin Duffy-Wirth, Executive Officer McKean Walton and SUIMA Principal Shawna Steffler share in the excitement, following the SunUte playground dedication.
Hot chocolate was provided for the children on Monday morning by the Sky Ute Casino Resort to help cut the cold morning air.
Standing much taller than its predecessor, SunUtes' new playground is ready for action.
Olyvia Watts stands with her classmates, and despite the cold, the youngest of students were eager to get out and play on the brand new equipment.
Cultural Education Coordinator and Southern Ute elder, Hanley Frost gave a blessing over the playground at SunUte Park prior to letting the school children explore all the new equipment.
SUIMA students brandish signs in anticipation of the new playground.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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The playground at SunUte Park has undergone a complete renovation in recent weeks, bringing with it a modern touch. The new play equipment is impressively larger, more interactive and meets rigid safety standards.  The renovated park was a dream of former SunUte Director Ian Thompson, who set the project in motion almost two years ago. The equipment is well designed and well intentioned, focused on honing skills such as: creativity, engagement and physical balance. The system is also designed to be handicap accessible, while also introducing an interactive smartphone app to foster parent interaction through challenge courses.

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