boys doc martens Elementary school playground temporarily losing swings
MEDINA Children in pre K and Kindergarten through second grade in Medina will see their school’s playground undergo a big change soon, but it’s something the administration at Medina Elementary expected.
The new school building is set to open in August on the other side of Medina, closer to the middle school and South Gibson High, but before the finishing touches can be made on the outside of the building, key pieces of the playground have to be put in place.
“There’s a layer of asphalt already at the parking lot at the new school, but the pavers and the contractor both said it would be better if we could get the playground equipment in there before they put the final layer of asphalt on,” said Medina Elementary Principal Billy Carey. “The weight of the equipment to transport the swings and jungle gyms, plus the weight of the swings and jungle gyms themselves, will do damage to the asphalt.
“So it’s best to go ahead and get it moved now so fixing anything that will happen will be easier.”
The final layer of asphalt and painting the parking lot are the main things remaining to be done to the new school.
Carey said he communicated with the teachers and staff at the school before Christmas to make sure everyone was on the same page with the equipment movement.
“I asked them in the meeting to let me know any concerns they have about it, and they said they were good with it,” Carey said. “We’re not taking out all the equipment, and teachers will bring other options out like hula hoops, jump ropes, footballs and other things to play with.
“They’ll have plenty of options to blow off some steam outside during recess. But honestly, most of the time the kids are just looking for some space to run around and play.”
The equipment was originally supposed to be moved in early March, but it was moved up a month when the process of finishing the new school made the equipment’s sooner movement necessary.
“The good thing is because of the time of year we’re in and weather we’re having, they hopefully won’t miss any outdoor recess time because the crews are out there working,” Carey said. “But when they do get the chance to go out, our teachers do a good job of making sure they’re in danger of just spending time outside being bored.