Tricon Elementary opens new playground
Oct. 3 was quite a day for the students at Tricon Elementary in Bay de Verde.
They were set to open their new playground.
The school was set to have an assembly before marching outside to cut the ribbon and officially designate the new space open for fun.
School Principal Wendy ClarkeTizzard noticed a buzz amongst the students leading up to the big event.
A renewed energy coursed through the school from one student to the next.
“You might say there was a buzz,” said Clarke-Tizzard.
As the actual event got closer, the energy grew exponentially until it reached a breaking point.
There were whispers of ‘the best school day ever’ and other similar sentiments from the student body.
“It was a really good day,” said the principal.
It did not take long for the students to test out the new play structures. Before the pieces of ribbon hit the ground, they were crawling all over the playground. “They love it,” said Clarke-Tizzard. These structures have two new slides, offer plenty of climbing opportunities and combine with the swing set and sandboxes already in place to form an impressive looking facility.
There are plenty of options for the children in the region.
Clarke-Tizzard said her students love to get outdoors and this new space provides plenty of opportunity for that.
“As long as a teacher will go out with them, they always want to go outside,” she said.
The school had plenty of help from businesses around the region, with more than a dozen chipping in to make sure the dream became a reality.
Their names are set on a ‘ stars of the playground’ board at the entrance of the playground.
In the days leading up to the grand opening, parents helped paint sandboxes at the site.
“The whole community helped out,” said Clarke-Tizzard.
The school raised some $10,000 and the hope is to have a third piece installed in the near future.
Elementary in Bay de Verde officially opened the school’s new playground on Oct. 3.
Before the new play structures were installed, the Tricon space was in a state of disrepair.
There were holes on the steps of a slide after extensive use by students, while other pieces were deemed hazardous and quartered off from students.
“It was in such a state,” said Clarke-Tizzard.
When it reached that point, the school started the process of replacing it.
That was last year.
“We’d never dreamt it come together,” she said.
In many places, the school’s playground has a bigger meaning. It is the hub for the community and quite possibly the region.
Families bring their children there for activities and interact with other families doing to same thing.
“Parents want to be able to sit back and let their children play,” said Clarke-Tizzard.
Emma Brookings-Bursey (front) of Old Perlican takes the monkey bars for a swing when the playground was officially opened. Behind her, Anna March-Mulrooney patiently waits.