New playground coming to SL Intermediate School

Krystle Wagner • Nov 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

SPRING LAKE — For the first time in Spring Lake Intermediate School Principal Ben Lewakowski’s 17 years at the school, students will have an official playground.

About 125 by 60 feet of school property will be transformed into a play area that will include 12 swings, a HyPar Net and a zipline.

When Lewakowski presented the new playground design to the Spring Lake district’s Board of Education, he said there were 400 excited students.

“I think the kids are going to love it,” he said.

The total cost for site preparation, equipment and installation is slated at about $84,200.

In June, the school board approved putting $50,000 toward the cost of the playground. The intermediate school’s Parent Club is contributing $15,000.

Bond funding will pay the remaining costs. The playground was one of several projects approved after the district saw a surplus from previous bond projects.

Lewakowski said they wanted to have safe and age-appropriate equipment for the playground. Currently, SLIS students use two gaga pits, 9 square in the air, tetherball and a basketball court.

The 98-foot zipline will allow kids to sit as they move across the playground, which is a few feet away. The new site allows for another zipline to be added in the future if other fundraisers take place.

Once equipment is ordered, crews can begin preparing the site, Lewakowski said.

Ultimately, Lewakowski said he would like to have the equipment installed early enough so the current sixth-graders have a chance to use it before they move on to the middle school. Lewakowski said the sixth-graders were among the highest fundraising classes for the walkathon, which helped raise funds for the playground.

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