Parents mobilizing at All Hallows
Effort underway to reopen condemned playground
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were expected to gather at the playground on Saturday, Sept. 22 to remove equipment that had been deemed unsafe and outdated, spread a new layer of peastone to provide a cushion in the event of a fall, and carry out some other landscaping tasks.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.
An effort is underway to reopen and upgrade the playground at All Hallows Elementary in North River.