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Harrison Central School District Unveils New Playgrounds

Harrison Central School District unveiled three new playgrounds at its elementary schools .
Harrison Central School District unveiled three new playgrounds at its elementary schools . Photo Credit: Contributed

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Harrison Central School District unveiled three new playgrounds at its elementary schools for the opening of the 2015-16 school year.

The wooden playgrounds at Parsons Memorial, Purchase, and Harrison Avenue Elementary schools were replaced with state-of-the-art equipment that provides multiple activities for children of varying abilities.

“Unfortunately, the playgrounds at the three schools had reached the end of their useful life,” said Harrison Superintendent Louis Wool.

“The district believes that playgrounds are an essential part of the elementary school experience, and our insurance carriers have determined that the playgrounds needed to be removed or repaired," he added. "Due to their age and the fact that they were largely made of wood, repairs were an unacceptable option."

The playgrounds are wheelchair-accessible and have been equipped with a thick rubber base to protect against accidental falls.

The playground at S.J. Preston Elementary School was renovated a few years ago.

“Playgrounds are a vital extension of the instructional day, particularly at elementary schools, where recess is a time for learning and refining social skills and engaging in vigorous physical activity,” Wool said.

“We are delighted that the district was able to plan for and renovate the three elementary school playgrounds in order to ensure a safe play space for elementary school students," he added.

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