The Friends of Buker is pleased to announce that construction for the new Buker playground is scheduled to begin this summer!  District administration has informed us that the new equipment has been ordered, and barring any interruptions to the supply or installation schedule, the project will be completed by the first week in September.

Our current playground is more than 17 years old, and while it entertains our younger students, it does not offer play opportunities that our older students find fun and challenging.  New play structures will be installed that can be used and enjoyed by students of all grade levels.  Additionally, because the fields at Buker also serve as playing fields for the community’s recreational sports programs, a new playground will benefit many of the children in the Hamilton-Wenham community who play on the playground during practices and games. 

Fundraising for this project began almost two years ago.  We have relied heavily upon donations from members of our Buker community, our local businesses, our school district, and the towns of Hamilton and Wenham.  We could not have accomplished all that we have in this amount of time without your help.  We sincerely thank all of our donors for your extraordinary and continued generosity!

But our work is not done!  Our fundraising continues so that we can install a brick patio and landscaped sitting area that will be located adjacent to the new playground.  It is our hope that this space will provide our students an opportunity to gather and socialize.  The space also can be used as an outdoor classroom during the warmer months.  In an effort to make the new playground available as quickly as possible, we have divided the entire project into two phases.  The playground will be installed this summer during phase one.  Phase two will consist of building the brick patio, and there is currently no set timeframe in place to complete this work.

How can you help?

  • You can make a general donation. You can send a check in with your child or drop it in the mail to the Friends of Buker, 1 School Street, Wenham, MA 01984.
  • Does your employer have a matching gift program? Your donation may be eligible for a matching contribution that could double your donation to the Friends of Buker.
  • You can buy a brick as part of our Brick Patio Campaign.  If you prefer not to make an online purchase, please click here for the order form.  You can send a check in with your child or drop it in the mail to the Friends of Buker, 1 School Street, Wenham, MA 01984
  • We are also looking for volunteers!  Please use the tab below to email us if you would like to be involved with this exciting project.