Elementary Playground to Re-open with new plans and a call for volunteers

 LPCS Elementary Playground Re-Opening October 10th

 A new plan is in place for reopening theLake PlacidElementary Schoolplayground.. The plan includes zoned areas for grade K-2 and 3-5, and a new 10 seat swing, new hill slides and a new sandbox and the installation of ten to twelve inches of processed wood chip fiber, which will replace the current sand surface.

Now in the final stages of the plan, Lake Placid’s School district is asking for  volunteers to help stake out the area, drill holes, and sort parts on Friday, October 5th.  and then on Saturday – October 6th, More volunteers will be needed in the morning and in the afternoon to help with the installation of play equipment and new surfacing. The target date for reopening the Elementary Playground – Wednesday, October 10th.

Diane Brenner is the volunteer coordinator for this project and she can be reached at 524-0292.

Volunteers should bring rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows. The district will provide other tools. Snacks and lunch are being coordinated by the FRIENDS group.

 THE DECISION TO CLOSE

The decision to close the playground last fall was made after two students were seriously injure and , concerned parents shared their concerns with the Board of Education, and after he district’s insurance company, Utica National, issued a site audit report which listed several safety issues and concerns.

The Playground was donated to the district by members of the FRIENDS parent group, which raised the funds, donated by the community, for the project and hired a local contractor to install the natural and creative themed park.

In response to the closing of the park, the district sought clarification from the New York State Education Department, which originally informed the district that it did not need stamped architectural plans, but later reversed their position declaring that stamped architectural plans must be developed of the site. In response, the district hired Mr. Steve Lauzun of Parkitects, anIthaca,NYbased company, which specializes in “People, Parks, and Playgrounds,” to perform a site audit, draw new architectural site plans, and develop a work plan for the repairs.

Mr. Lauzun’s audit of the playground, listed items not previously identified during the Utica National audit, and also ensured that t new requirements under the American with Disabilities Act were met. Immediately, the committee began working on the recommended repairs which included removing some of the playground apparatus that had the most concerns.

Working from the plan, a committee, comprised of members of the FRIENDS group, which originally which spearheaded the project, along with the original contractor, district maintenance workers, administration, and Board of Education members worked together with Mr. Lauzun to develop the remediation plan to reopen the playground.

The new plans for the playground include: zoned areas for grade K-2 and 3-5, a new 10 seat swing, new hill slides and a new sandbox and the installation of 10-12 inches of processed wood chip fiber, which will replace the current sand surface.

Now in the final stage, the district needs volunteer help. Six–eight volunteers are need for Friday afternoon, October 5th to stake out the area, drill holes, sort parts and prepare for the main event on Saturday, Oct. 6th.

On October 6th, 20-25 people will be needed t in the morning and in the afternoon to install play equipment and new surfacing. Once the concrete cures, swings will then be hung, loose ends completed and the park reopened with a target date of Wednesday, October 10th.

In you are interested in assisting or have questions, please contact Diane Brenner at 524-0292 or dlspeckman@yahoo.com. Volunteers should bring rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows. The district will provide other tools. Snacks and lunch are being coordinated by the FRIENDS group.

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