Parents mobilize at All Hallows
A group of civic-minded parents have mobilized to help restore the playground adjacent to All Hallows Elementary in North River. The playground was condemned by the Eastern School District earlier this year because of concerns about safety and outdated equipment. More than a dozen parents descended on the playground on two consecutive Saturdays — Sept. 22 and 29 — to remove the unsafe equipment, landscape the grounds, apply a fresh coat of paint to the swingset, and install new swings. A thick new layer of safety stone called pea gravel was also spread around the swings. Parents were describing their efforts as Phase I, and are also planning a fundraising drive to purchase and install new play structures. The school has an enrolment of some 400 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Aimee Morgan (left) and Tammy Webber show off the power tools that helped clear the grass and other wooden debris from the playground.
Patsy Evely and All Hallows principal Kevin Giles pose for a photo.
Jason Russell applies a fresh coat of paint to the swings.
Cory Keefe uses a skid-steer loader equipped with a forklift to remove the
old seesaw structure.