Playground Transformed using Trees

Brick Township, NJ (November 12, 2007)- A year ago, the Drum Point Road Elementary School playground was in desperate need of a face-lift. Rusted swings and slides sat on sand littered with glass and trash. Today, that playground has been transformed into a recreation jewel that will benefit the school’s students and the entire community, thanks to a joint effort between the township, the Board of Education and the Drum Point PTA. The playground’s renovation included the planting of numerous trees.

“My hope is that each person will look at the space and envision what the space can be for them,” said Principal Susan Genco. “The opportunities to think outside the box are endless.” The playground features a meandering path that leads from the school’s building to a gazebo and small amphitheater, which can seat the entire student body of the school, or about 200 adults. Kirk Danielson of T&M Associates, Middletown, designed the playground. New equipment, including a large jungle gym and swings, now sits on bonded rubber safety surfacing.
The total cost of the project was $950,000 and was financed, in part, through grants and fundraising by the school’s PTA. “We even got a grant for the trees,” said Genco.
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