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Lake Placid Elementary School playground opened

Lake Placid Elementary School third-graders Walker Hall and Jackson Smith hang off of the new playground equipment, which was open for students Oct. 10.

Lake Placid Elementary School third-graders Walker Hall and Jackson Smith hang off of the new playground equipment, which was open for students Oct. 10. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Third grade students lined up after lunch Wednesday, Oct. 10, anxiously awaiting recess.

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Lake Placid third graders run to try out new playground equipment.

As the line made its way outside the Lake Placid Elementary School, small steps could hardly be contained, as teacher admonished the children to keep their strides to a walking pace.

As they turned the corner of the school building and saw the new playground, it was even harder to contain the students. Finally, the command was given and students rushed to be the first to try out the new playground equipment.

The new school playground welcomed its students, four days after teachers, administrators, parents and students worked through the rain to complete the final work on the new Lake Placid Elementary School playground Oct. 6.

“I wanted to help,” fifth-grader Mike Scutt, 10, said. “I have been digging and helping move mulch.”

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Third graders Spencer Hoffman, Lily Buzzell and Matthew Paul approve of the new Lake Placid Elementary playground.

“The weather was not an impact at all,” Principal Javier Perez said. “We have been going strong and we have even had some kids out here helping us out, spreading out mulch and then diving right into it.”

Perez said the community work that has gone into creating the new playground has been impressive.

“We have about 20 people helping today and on Friday (Oct. 5) we had about 30 kids from the Northwood Hockey team here helping out. They did a great job.”

Perez said along with the school community help, they had also received help in moving mulch and other tasks from the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba.

“We were all wrapped up and all that is left is to let the cement cure,” Perez said. “We were ready to go when the first recess bell rang at 11:10 a.m.”

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Lake Placid students play on the new swing set.

Perez said he is pleased the process, which started when the school decided to replace the former playground equipment over potential injury concerns, is close to its conclusion.

“Since school started there have been plenty of questions about it from parents and students,” he said. “We have told them to be patient and that we were shooting for early October and we are right on target.”

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