Although the volunteer turnout was great and appreciated during the official 5-day build. A few materials did not arrive in time and the playground was not safe enough to be opened to the public. Everyday since the build officially ended Oct. 9, a small group of volunteers showed up to finish up the playground and the "Punch List."
However, the rain last week hindered their work and the playground wasn't certified last week. Michelle Mazzaro said that she hopes for the safety certification from the playground designers, Leathers & Associates, will occur this week in order to have for a grand opening of the playground this weekend so the kids can "storm" the castle.
“It’s almost finished," said Highview Principal Barbara Auriemma. "After the committee is done with the ‘punch list’ … the district will go in and put in asphalt and replace that perimeter fence that we’ve always had."
There's still some fundraising left to do and there are different ways to find out how to help on the Highview Playground website.
- Buy a brick paver. All brick pavers bought from here on out will not be installed until next spring
- Sponsor a component
- Donate online, through mail or in-person pick up
- Black and Gold shirts are being made up that will read "I helped build the Highview Playground"
- A commemorative DVD is being created with a time elapse of the build, 1990 Highview Playground Build footage, Patch videos/interviews since day one and pictures (Contact Kim@Patch to reserve your copy today)
With the crosswalk being re-installed at its original location, the Nanuet school board approved of the Highview Playground's use for recess while leaving the playground open to the public. Auriemma said that the students will rotate between the new Highview playground and the one placed behind the school during the school week if the insurance company approves the use of the crosswalk for recess.
Read about the details of the crosswalk and recess in this Patch article.