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  1. 1. Warrant for Improvements at Francis Wyman Playgrounds May 27, 2009
  2. 2. Francis Wyman Playgrounds Are Used by Entire Town <ul><li>The playgrounds at the Francis Wyman Elementary School are some of the most widely used play areas in the Town. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to the ~600 students who attend during the school year, these playgrounds are also used by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School Department after-school program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YMCA after-school program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town-wide summer full-day childcare program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood children. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Safety and Accessibility Issues with Playgrounds <ul><li>Serious safety and poor disability access conditions exist at the Francis Wyman playgrounds which require immediate attention. </li></ul><ul><li>For over a year now, the special needs students at Francis Wyman have not visited many of the playground areas due to poor surface conditions and lack of adequate access structures. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already one documented accident involving a student in a wheelchair caused by poor surface conditions. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Play Areas Need to Be Refurbished <ul><li>The original play equipment and grounds were put in place in 1997/98 when the school first reopened – some of this equipment was borrowed from the Wildwood School and other places. </li></ul><ul><li>Deteriorating play equipment that is well over 10 years old now requires removal and replacement. </li></ul><ul><li>Several play areas are open lots of dirt and grass, with essentially no play equipment, and require new structures and landscaping. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Partnership With the Town and PTO <ul><li>The PTO is 100% committed to improving the play areas at Francis Wyman, and has started its plan for substantial fundraising over the next year. </li></ul><ul><li>However, we need the town’s support to rectify the Safety and Disability Access issues which need immediate attention. </li></ul><ul><li>We are also requesting that the town share some of the cost of refurbishing the Francis Wyman playgrounds as has been done in the past. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Front Lot Playground Upper Playground Back Playground <ul><li>The Francis Wyman school utilizes three playgrounds during recess. </li></ul><ul><li>A Reading Garden area is used for classroom specific activities. </li></ul><ul><li>The proposed improvement plan will address issues at all these areas. </li></ul>Reading Garden Hill Hill Hill
  7. 7. SAFETY
  8. 8. <ul><li>. </li></ul><ul><li>The asphalt surface of the front playground requires repair. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>After several iterations of repair, the cracks are now too big to be simply filled in. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The asphalt surface needs to be ground down and resurfaced. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Reading Garden walkway also requires resurfacing.
  12. 12. Inadequate Surface on Back Playground <ul><li>To provide adequate protection from an ~6’ fall (measured from the head), a minimum of six inches of bark mulch is required. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handbook for Public Playground Safety, U.S. Pub. No. 325 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The level of mulch at back playground is between ½ to zero inches in depth, providing NO protection against falls from play equipment. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Underground pipe for sound tubes is now exposed.
  14. 14. Recommended level of mulch is designated on all play structures.
  15. 15. Install New “Permanent” Surface in Back Playground <ul><li>The proposed fix is to install a combination rubber surface. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubber mulch already in Tot Lot on Pathwoods Avenue. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low maintenance cost – 10 year warrantee, no need for yearly replenishing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost 2x safety margin - will reduce playground injuries (impact, splinters). </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The current ramp leading down to the back playground is not ADA (American Disability Act) compliant. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>The ramp is too narrow and steep, and the special needs students haven’t been to that area in over a year. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>The proposal is to install a new ADA compliant ramp with railings. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Disability Access Commission is Partnering with Town <ul><ul><li>We are asking the town to partner with the Disability Access Commission and fund a hard rubber surface on part of the back playground surface. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It is very difficult for young children in wheelchairs to maneuver on mulch – the new surface will allow them to freely move about. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The current surface of the back playground is too low to allow access to special swings – the new surface will provide a fixed height. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Due to the poor condition of the back playground LABBB children have not attended recess there FOR OVER A YEAR! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The DAC has very generously offered to pay for 2/3rds of the cost of the surface! </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Installation of Inclusive Play Events and Structures on Back Playground <ul><li>Promotes interaction between LABBB children and rest of student body. </li></ul><ul><li>PTO will contribute to the majority of the cost of these new structures. </li></ul>
  22. 23. ENRICHMENT
  23. 24. Enrichment <ul><li>We are asking the town, together with the PTO, to fund half of the cost of new/replacement play and shaded structures in the upper and back playgrounds, along with landscaping the surrounding hills. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This was done previously in 1997/98 at Francis Wyman, and was also the case with the Pine Glen and Fox Hill schools. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The town will not release money until the PTO has attained their fundraising goals. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We are also asking the town to fund an architectural design of a natural playground using the barren areas surrounding the back, with the PTO to fully implement these designs. </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>The upper playground is without any play structures and has essentially no shade. </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>A road runs along two sides of this play area. </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>The plan includes installing a safety fence along with shaded play structures. </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>Proposed play structures for upper playground. </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>This deteriorating play structure, designated for the younger children, will be replaced in the back playground. </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>Proposed replacement play structures. </li></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><li>Extensive landscaping is required on the hills surrounding the back playground. </li></ul>
  31. 32. <ul><li>Without proper landscaping, dirt and debris will run onto the new playground surfaces. </li></ul>
  32. 33. <ul><li>The open lot next to the back playground is a mix of grass and dirt. </li></ul>
  33. 34. <ul><li>The area adjacent to this is also in very poor shape. </li></ul>
  34. 35. <ul><li>We are asking the town to fund an architectural design for creating a natural play area for the children which the PTO will implement. </li></ul>
  35. 36. <ul><li>An example of a natural play area. </li></ul>
  36. 37. <ul><li>A natural play area is very cost-effective compared to standard play equipment, and the children can participate in the design. </li></ul>
  37. 38. A Partnership <ul><li>Between the Town, Disability Access Commission and the Francis Wyman PTO, we can make the Francis Wyman playgrounds a safe, nurturing environment for all our students. </li></ul><ul><li>The FW PTO is 100% committed to this project. </li></ul><ul><li>Please support this endeavor at the September 24 th Town Meeting. </li></ul>Thank you!