BFA Fairfax Proposes New Playground

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Every day children from Fairfax access our playground! It is an important community resource that is used year round. Last fall a group of parents, teachers, and the elementary principal came together to assess the status of our playground and make recommendations about the future needs of this space. Our analysis indicated that the seventeen-year-old playground lacked appropriate accessibility for students and staff with physical disabilities, was showing significant signs of deterioration, and a lack of compliance with the Early Education requirements for playgrounds.

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Proposed new playground

Out of this process came a recommendation to ask the residents of Fairfax to consider a ballot measure of $165,000 dollars to fund the purchase of new playground structures and fencing at the November 8th election.  This cost does not include installation, as we plan to have a community work party in June 2017 to construct the playground if the community supports this request.

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We are extremely excited about these new structures and the opportunities for our children.  The proposed playground as pictured above includes two spaces, one for Pre-Kindergarten and another for Kindergarten through Grade 5.  In addition, this playground is designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale which is a component  for licensing and accreditation for our PreK program.

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We are pleased to partner with the Fairfax PTSA to communicate about this important investment in our community. Please feel free to contact me at twalsh@fwsu.org if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance for your support.

2 thoughts on “BFA Fairfax Proposes New Playground

  1. Wonderful! Having spent three years as a recess duty para, I can say this is a much needed change. However, I would also recommend incorporating some covered areas for shade. It can get extremely hot out there and there is almost no shade at all. Some kids (and adults) can’t take the heat. I’m happy to see this issue being discussed!

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