Galion City Schools playground

Thhe Galion City Schools held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, with the assistance of the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce and several of its members, for a new playground for students at Galion Primary and Galion Intermediate Schools on Tuesday, Jan. 4.  (Submitted photo)

GALION -- The Galion City Schools held a dedication ceremony for a new playground for students at Galion Primary and Galion Intermediate Schools on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

This is the first new playground construction project since the district completed its school campus in 2006.

The life of the typical school playground spans 10-15 years and, according to Galion Superintendent Jennifer Allerding, the current playgrounds at the Primary and Intermediate schools are pushing that timeframe.

“We had an opportunity to build a new playground and address several safety concerns,” Allerding said. “Primary and Intermediate students, members of our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), and Mrs. Crim (Intermediate Principal) helped develop and design the playground, making this a true team effort!”

The new playground, which is being funded thanks to the Galion Primary/Intermediate PTO Playground Fund and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, is designed to be inclusive for all traditional and special needs students.

“The ultimate goal is to provide accessibility for all students, including those with special needs, to be able to enjoy the new playground,” Crim said. “I want to thank the administration for bringing this project to fruition, and the PTO for helping to fund the new playground.”

District Treasurer Charlene Parkinson played an important role in bringing this new playground to life for all Galion students.

“Mrs. Parkinson is absolutely amazing,” Allerding said. “She was incredibly passionate about this project and worked tirelessly to make sure all our students have the chance to enjoy a playground experience.”

The district worked collaboratively with the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce to also hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new playground facility on January 4.

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