Smith River cuts the ribbon on playground
Construction of the gym, funded with bond money from Measure A that was passed by voters in 2008, is expected to start soon. The old playground needed to be moved to build the gym, so a new one was completed first so the kids would have a playground while construction is happening, said principal Paige Swan.
The school also got a new outdoor basketball court.
Smith River School held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for the new playground designed by the students.
More than 200 students and many adults attended the event. Swan spoke to the crowd and then held the ribbon along with county Supervisor Mike Sullivan, who represents Smith River, while Crescent City Mayor Kathryn Murray cut it.
Silas Williamson, 7, with the help of kindergarten teacher Mrs. Lee, tries out the equipment. Del Norte Triplicate/Rick Postal
The ceremony was something of a rehearsal for the one that will take place when the gym is completed, Swan said.
Meanwhile, the playground is an upgrade for the school.
“We went from one slide to five,” Swan said. “This one piece can hold 60 kids.”
There’s also a fitness center with 10 exercise stations that will be used during PE classes and by the community, he said.
“The best thing about this whole thing is that it was designed by the kids,” Swan said.
The principal showed playground equipment designs to students in each classroom from kindergarten to eighth grade. The kids unanimously chose the same one, he said. They then picked the color of each piece. The whole playground is red, white and blue.
School district employees put the playground together with the help of a consultant.
Swan said it feels good to see the first stage of the school’s gym project complete with the new playground.
During the summer, he said, anyone is welcome to enjoy it.