Par­ents mo­bi­liz­ing at All Hal­lows

Ef­fort un­der­way to re­open con­demned play­ground

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Some 30-plus par­ents gath­ered at All Hal­lows El­e­men­tary in North River Sept. 17 to be­gin for­mu­lat­ing a plan to re­store the play­ground ad­ja­cent to the school, and that ef­fort ap­pears to have got­ten off to a good start.

Par­ents were expected to gather at the play­ground on Satur­day, Sept. 22 to re­move equip­ment that had been deemed un­safe and out­dated, spread a new layer of pea­s­t­one to pro­vide a cush­ion in the event of a fall, and carry out some other land­scap­ing tasks.

The play­ground was closed by Eastern School Dis­trict sev­eral months ago af­ter an in­spec­tion found safety de­fi­cien­cies at the site.

School of­fi­cials have ex­pressed con­cern about the lack of an out­side play area for the roughly 400 students, and par­ents ap­peared more than ready last week to step up.

There were plenty of of­fers for heavy equip­ment, ex­per­tise and labour.

The im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity is to ad­dress any safety con­cerns in or­der to re­open the play­ground. But in the long-term, par­ents seemed in­tent on en­hanc­ing the site by ex­plor­ing var­i­ous fund­ing op­tions, and rais­ing money at the grass­roots level.

One es­ti­mate put the over­all cost at roughly $100,000, with the work be­ing done in phases over sev­eral years. The school dis­trict has stated it is not re­spon­si­ble for fund­ing or main­tain­ing play­grounds.

The school coun­cil has long con­sid­ered an up­grade to the play­ground as one of its pri­or­i­ties.

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate to the project can do so by con­tact­ing the school. All do­na­tions are tax de­ductible.

Com­pass file photo

An ef­fort is un­der­way to re­open and up­grade the play­ground at All Hal­lows El­e­men­tary in North River.

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