MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Nina Goldsamt's daughter Anna will have a brand new set of monkey bars to play on beginning Friday morning, after Murray Avenue School Principal Jennifer Monaco cut the ribbon on the new kindergarten playground.
Anna, 5, loves playing on the monkey bars, and has watched with anticipation as the new playground was constructed. "Needless to say, they were a little bummed when, on the first day of school, there was nothing there," said Nina, a Larchmont resident.
The old playground was deemed unsafe at the end of the last school year and was immediately removed, said Monaco. However, the school was able to generate a quick turnaround because the PTA had the funds available to purchase new equipment, which totaled $28,000. While $17,000 of their funds were already earmarked for such expenses, they dipped into their reserves to cover the rest of the costs.
Meryl Rubenstein, assistant superintendent of business operations, said this may be the quickest turnaround on a capital project like this. "I'm glad to be able to get it done for the kids while they can still enjoy it before the winter weather," she said.
The PTA and school administration received input from kindergarten teachers, physical education teachers and the occupational therapist to ensure the new designs met the students needs.
"The agreed upon equipment was installed right before the Thanksgiving break," said Liz Paras, co-president of the Murray Avenue School PTA. "The district then worked on repaving some areas of the playground, removing an old tree, surrounding the equipment area with railroad ties and putting in wood chips."
All of Murray Avenue School's kindergartens applauded as the ribbon was cut and their new playground was officially opened.
"We are very happy that our kindergartners will now be able to enjoy the great new playground," Paras said.
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