A complete renovation and installation of new playground equipment is underway on the southeast side of Perkins School.
Newark Central School District received approval from the New York State Education Department to use funds from lower bids in the first two phases of the current capital project to purchase playground equipment under a third phase, according to Ed Gnau, assistant superintendent for business.
Most of the playground equipment was removed in 2017 after it had fallen into a state of disrepair.
The district retained GameTime from the state contract list to create the new design. A playground committee provided equipment preference information, Gnau said.
The playground is designed to be more handicapped-accessible. It includes an ADA primetime swing, rainbow arch, merry-go-all, whirlwind seat, roxall seesaw, tire swing, sensory dome, traverse wall, picnic table, bench and shade awning, and will feature wood chip mulch.
Work started in November and included excavation efforts to address drainage issues that will allow the structure to be used more on nice days during the winter months. Gnau said the playground could be ready for use sometime next month, weather permitting.
“The emergence of the new playground has been an exciting process for our students and staff to watch as we get to see the progress each day,” Principal Rhonda Underhill said. “Our students are excitedly awaiting the completion of their new playground. We thank all of the school and community members who worked to help make this new playground possible.”
The PTA raised $1,550 from its Play for the Playground fundraiser to buy more equipment for the playground on the north side of the parking lot. Only one of the school’s 25 classes can use the playground at its current capacity.