- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Edmond school officials have approved a $375,000 project to ensure all elementary school playgrounds are accessible for children with disabilities.

The Edmond School Board on Monday approved the playground project for five campuses that’s expected to finish by summer 2016, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1KM050s ) reported. Officials say the playgrounds will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Associate Superintendent Bret Towne said the playgrounds traditionally have been built by parent-teacher groups. The work will be done by Noah’s Park and Playgrounds. Six companies submitted bids to do the work.

Some board members worried about whether the playgrounds would be accessible by wheelchairs. Director Tim Stiger of plant services for the district assured them that plans call for ramps at the playgrounds.

Towne, who will become superintendent July 1, said the playgrounds will feature artificial turf surface that’s safer than materials used in the past like sand, pebbles and wood chips.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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