More than 2,000 Huntington UFSD elementary grade level students spread across six buildings will find new playground equipment waiting for them when they return from summer vacation for classes in September.
The district is installing brand new playgrounds at Jefferson Primary School, Southdown Primary School and Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School and new swing sets at Washington Primary School, Flower Hill Primary School and Woodhull Intermediate School.
District buildings and grounds staff members engaged in preparatory site work, demolishing the old playgrounds, excavating old materials and regrading each of the areas. The district will also apply finishing touches to each of the sites. By performing the preparatory and finishing work, the district has saved a considerable amount of monies and kept the overall cost of the project down.
The three completely new playgrounds include a rubber base that “gives” a little under pressure. It is an attractive safety feature.
The work is being supervised by Huntington UFSD lead operations manager George Austin. “Our kids love recess and going on the playground and we want to give them the best equipment we can,” he said. “We are happy to able to replace outdated items at all six elementary buildings. By using our own work crews we have been able to stretch the available funds further and get more done.”
The district contracted to have the new playgrounds professionally installed by American Recreation. The equipment looks great and is sure to get students excited when the spot it early next September.