Renovation of the Montrose Elementary School playground started with the City of Bexley preforming excavation on June 17th, 2014.

The project continued throughout the summer, and the entire area, including both sides of the playground, the basketball court, the softball diamond and the Terry Black Outdoor Learning Center, was secured and closed to the public beginning June 9th, 2014. It was an inconvenience for the community, but with the safety of all in mind, the end result was well worth the wait.

The community build for the playground took place July 10th-13th. Adults from all parts of the community came together and got the structures in the ground.

The new playground re-opened on August 11th, 2014 to dark skies and claps of thunder. However, that didn’t stop the ribbon from being untied to officially open it, even if Mother Nature decided play would wait until later.

You may “like” the Montrose Playground Project Facebook page at to view progress pictures, and relive the experience.

Thank you for all of your support.


The Montrose Playground Project has been fully funded!

The fundraising total for the Montrose Playground Project came up short of the goal, after the very successful Black Tie and Blue Jean BBQ spectacular, but thanks to a last minute call, led by Montrose student John Laing, the fundraising deadline was met and the project has been fully funded.

John led the call by creating a video in which he challenged everyone to beat his fifty dollar donation to the playground project. John saved his money and made his donation from his personal business, where he makes pot holders on a loom and creates figures out of crayons he melts into molds. Once the video was shared via social media and email, the donations started to roll in and the deadline was met thanks to so many people that joined John in donating to the project.

A huge thanks goes out to everyone that donated to this project from the start. It has been a giant undertaking and a long process, however, the goal was to build fun for everyone. Now that can be done.


The Montrose Student Council collects Box Tops year round and decides how the proceeds will be used. Parent volunteer Kelly Salmon donates her time to cut and prepare every Box Top collected.

Officers of the Montrose Student Council presented a check for $1000 to Meagan Matteson, the Montrose Playground Project Chairperson, at an assembly on the last day of school.








Pictured: Student Council Officers & Meagan Matteson



There was a Black Tie & Blue Jean BBQ held Sunday evening, May 18th, to support the Montrose Playground Project.

The Event was AMAZING!

Over $12,000 was raised to support the renovation of the Montrose Elementary Playground, as Mother Nature provided a wonderful evening and the City of Bexley came out in full force to support the project.

The hot grills were serving up a nice spread of food, with cold drinks to wash it down, and the band, The Downright Montys, were rocking the playground, playing a great mix of music to get in the groove.

Special thanks to the Host Committee

  • Jonathan and Lori Ann Feibel
  • Pete and Caren Foster
  • Frank and Linda Kass
  • Ben and Julie Kessler
  • Steve Keyes
  • David Madison
  • Frank and Francis Reid
  • Andrew and Christy Rosenthal
  • Paul and Sylvia Ross
  • Richard and Debbie Sharp
  • Rick and Marlee Snowdon

Many thanks go out to the Event Sponsors

For those that were unable to attend, but would like to support with a tax deductible cash donation, the project always welcomes and appreciates them at or they can be mailed to:

Montrose Playground Project
c/o Bexley Education Foundation
348 South Cassingham Rd.
Bexley, Ohio 43209



Monty’s 5K Run For The Playground

The Montrose Playground Project sponsored Monty Moose’s 5K Run for the Montrose Playground and raised just over $3000, to go towards the playground renovation. The run started at 9AM on Saturday, May 10th 2014 with rainy conditions, however about 100 runners braved the rain and drizzle to make it around the route. Runners were met […]

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Thirty-One Gifts Sale Supported Montrose Playground

There was a Thirty-One Gifts Sale to support the Montrose Playground. Four items were available and all of them are in “Spirit Royal Blue”, sometimes referred to as Bexley Blue, and have “Onward Montrose” embroidered on the front in white. The items that were available: Spirit Cinch Sack 18.5″H x 14.5″W. Features: lightweight polyester, drawstring closure […]

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Change Supported The Playground On May 2nd at Montrose

  The buckets were out and change was collected! There was even $265.00 in BILLS!! Change collected went as follows: Two Fifty Cent Pieces Eight One Dollar Coins Six Hundred Twenty Six Quarters One Thousand One Hundred Thirty Two Dimes Six Hundred Forty Four Nickels Five Thousand Four Hundred Two Pennies All of that added […]

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Cold Lemonade On Hot Summer Days

There was cold lemonade to be found on the corner of Remington & Mound during last summer, as Ilsa & Olive Evans opened up a stand to quench the thirst of community members. They started the stand as a way to donate money to the Montrose Playground Project, with all proceeds being donated to the […]

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Support From Girl Scout Troop 1167

If there was a community event in the summer of 2013, chances are Montrose Girl Scout Troop 1167 were there selling stuff to support the Montrose Playground Project. Members of Girl Scout Troop 1167 spent the school year working towards their Bronze Award, an award given to a scout for a minimum of twenty volunteer […]

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