Work on new school playground underway |

Work on new school playground underway

Tribune staff report

Bijou Community School students returning from summer break will find a new playground in place of the old, broken structures they remember.

Construction on a new playground started last week, with a crew already having completed about a third of the project by Monday. When all is finished, students will have 7,500-square-feet of ring swings, slides, platforms and more at their disposal.

"The PTA has been especially active with this project," Principal Cindy Martinez said. "The kids are definitely excited."

Money for the $102,000 playground was raised through several donations and fundraisers, including the school's annual walk-a-thon.

Martinez said it will serve not only the students of Bijou, but children in the community as well.

"It was a community project," she said.

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The project is expected to be completed in the next few days.

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