The Auburn School Board held a special meeting Thursday, January 23 to continue discussion on the playground replacement project set to take place this summer and next. Board members Scott Norris, John Megginson, Matt Kern and Brad Smith were present at the meeting along with superintendent Darren Root, elementary school principal Amy Donaldson and athletic director Dave Bates along with the architects.

Joe Petty from JH Petty, Architects presented new, scaled back plans for Phase 1 which included replacing pavement and drainage near the school building (18,200 sq. ft.) and connecting downspouts at an estimated cost of $114,000. They would then tear out all of the old equipment and install two or three pieces of equipment and swings and put in new wood chips at an estimated cost of $125,000, putting the Phase 1 cost near $250,000. Petty said basketball hoops could also be installed and the dumpsters will be moved. One of the new equipment pieces includes a “netplex” structure with a slide, climbers and monkey bars. When asked about durability, the architects said they are very durable and the way they are engineered is impressive.

The following year for Phase 2, the soft surface for the playground would be installed as well as the playground area for younger children, (3-5 years) and a large area of turf. Petty said the cost of the project as a whole for both phases is estimated to be $1,050,000.

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