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Playground Coming To Washington Irving Intermediate

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow students at Washington Irving Intermediate School are finally getting a playground.

This upcoming weekend, parents and volunteers will gather to build the new Washington Irving Fitness Playground at the school beginning at 7:30 a.m.

“Everyone's excited about the project,” EPTA Co-President David Neilsen said. “We'd love to have people come and make this a big community moment. The more the merrier.”

The new playground comes after parents and volunteers saw the need for one. Except for a wall used for “wall ball,” Neilsen said “there's really nothing there.” Washington Irving did not originally have a playground because it used to be the high school.

As a result, Neilsen said students were just milling around without doing anything.

The new playground will sit near Franklin St. and will incorporate the beloved wall for students who still want to play wall ball. Neilsen said those involved in the process worked with physical education teachers at the school. This way, Neilsen said, physical education classes can build their lessons around the new fitness playground.

Volunteers have raised approximately $6,600 for the playground and are still fundraising, Neilsen said, adding that no tax money will be used for the playground.

“A lot of work has already been done” on the playground, Neilsen noted.

This weekend's build will consist of parents and volunteers just putting the pieces of the playground together. Neilsen said volunteers don't need to have any construction experience. There will be a supervisor on site to oversee the entire build, Neilsen said.

Click here to view the playground's fundraising website.

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