"Really, all that existed there were a few beams, tires and chains," Zavaski said. "There was nothing that was exciting for the kids. We were looking to get the kids active. We've been behind the times on that. And safety was an issue. The time had just come for a new playground."
If the number of children present at the site on construction days was any indication, the kids were excited about the prospect, as well. Canino said she thought the fact that it was a volunteer-driven effort increased the students' pride in the playground.
"It makes them appreciate it that much more," she said. "I think it's good for kids early in life to volunteer for something and see how good it makes them feel. And when they look at this playground, they'll be able to do that. They'll know that they had a hand in building it, that their parents had a hand in building it. It makes them proud."
MRE's playground to go up this weekend
Wetzel Road Elementary has a nice new playground, and Morgan Road is next.
Principal Fred Fowler said the school will begin construction of the new playground this weekend, Aug. 17 and 18.
"It's all volunteers," Fowler said. "We'll have two workers from Miracle [Equipment, the company that designed the playground] plus all of our volunteers."
Fowler said HSBC will present a check to the school Wednesday for the work.
Fowler said Morgan's playground had become a safety hazard and needed to be updated.
Anyone interested in volunteering or helping out can contact Morgan Road Elementary at 453-1268.