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New playground going in by Albion elementary

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Contractors work on installing a new playground by the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School in Albion. The new playground could be ready next week.

ALBION – The former wooden playground at the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School has been removed after about 20 years of use and a new playground with slides, climbing points and several standalone sections will be added.

The new system could be ready as soon as next week if the weather is cooperative.

Contractors have added drainage to improve soil and surfacing dry times, District Superintendent Michael Bonnewell said.

Pieces are in the parking lot, soon to be installed in the playground.

The former playground with its wood structure provided a good home for bees and years of water exposure had caused its own damage, Bonnewell said. The manufacturer was no longer making spare parts and that resulted in the custom milling of some replacement parts.

The new playground is a Game Time brand unit. Titan from Gasport is doing the installation.

Elementary school students had a vote in the color schemes and design elements for the playground. State Sen. George Maziarz directed $67,800 in discretionary “bullet aid” to Albion, which the district used towards the new playground.