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Work on Kids’ United Community Playground at Cochran Primary School is progressing

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Contruction continues on the new playground at Cochran Primary School in Williamsport.

Progress on the Kids’ United Community Playground at Cochran Primary School is moving forward, according to Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, superintendent at the Williamsport Area School District.

Bowers told the school board at their recent meeting that there are four guys working on the putting together the new equipment, but apparently no assembly instructions were provided with the unassembled equipment.

“That’s a huge, huge project,” Bowers said.

“Our custodial staff did finish the old part of that project, tearing out the old equipment and resurfacing that and getting it back to a grassy area,” he added.

Ground was broken for the all-access playground in June on a plot of land on the north side of Cochran. The 9,400-square-foot playground will replace the playground that had been at the school. It will be located closer to the school to allow for increased accessibility and lighting. The district has committed to maintaining the new playground.

The playground was originally scheduled to be built adjacent to Stevens Primary School, but due to a feasibility study commissioned by the district, the decision was made to move the project to a site next to Cochran.

With its new location the playground will primarily serve residents in the central and east end communities in the city.

Plans for the playground began in 2015 when a group of individuals from the community began working toward providing the community with an inclusive playground which would be available to children of all backgrounds and abilities. The project is a joint venture of the local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs and the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation.

Fundraising goals of $400,000 were initially set for the project. They have since been met and exceeded by $30,000. In order to provide an expanded area of poured rubber flooring for the playground, a new goal of an additional $100,000 has been set.

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