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Hannibal Playground Moving Closer To A Rebuild

Hannibal’s only public playground, the playground at Fairley Elementary School, is going to get a makeover.

The wooden playground is old and splintering. A new playground is in the planning stages.

Phil Wise, an outside expert that’s part of the team handling a renovation project for the district, told members of the Board of Education recently that the new playground will be just a tad smaller. It will, he said, fit nicely into the current playground area.

But, he said, “newer equipment can accomodate more kids.”

Wise works with a committee, headed by Fairley Principal Roseann Schoonmaker and comprised of people from the school disrict and the community, to plan the new playground. They’re meeting weekly at the moment.

The committee is working now to match the playground’s budget with the kinds of equipment the playground needs. They hope to have a final layout in place by September 10. The plans then go to the State Education Department for approval.

A vendor has already been chosen to supply the equipment. It’s a company called GameTime, a state-approved contractor that will sell the equipment at prices the state has already approved.