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October 7, 2012

Ready, set, play at Paw Print Park

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“It is ADA approved,” Lauzun said. 

“Once it knits together, it is wheelchair accessible. This is one of the best surfaces for kids to jump into.”

Fifth-grader Michael Scott agreed.

Between turns with a rake, he tested some of the climbing and jumping stations.

“It’s better than just sand,” he surmised. 

“It is squishy. That’s why I keep jumping in it!”

Evan Brenner, another fourth-grader, was also helping rake wood fiber into place.

“It is fun to play in,” he said. “It think it’s better than other playgrounds.”

Another engineer from Parkitects, Bill Johnson, checked each feature as it was placed in new formation around Paw Print Park.

“All pieces are fine-tuned,” Lauzun explained.

“He is standing in front of that climber with an iPad. He tells the iPad what piece of equipment it is, and (the program) serves questions to him. At the end of the day, we’ll have asked every question of every piece.”

Everyone took the day’s work to task, despite the rain.

“Rain helps keep the (wood) dust down,” Lauzun said. “This is perfect weather for it. It’s exciting to see this being re-created.”

The playground is quite unique with rolling mounds surrounding tunnels and a swingset.

It has been divided by a hilly “berm” into two sections, one for younger children and one for the older grades.

Lake Placid Elementary School Principal Javier Perez donned a safari hat to help stave off the rain as he raked. 

Caution tape was wrapped around two new slides that were setting into their covered foundations. 

Both are made of a tempered plastic with round edges.

“The students have asked me about the playground since we opened school,” the principal said, smiling with the work.

“We’re going to open it on Wednesday. The first group goes out to recess at 11 a.m.”

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