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Facelift For Playground
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Recognized for their generous contributions in the way of time, effort and financial support toward the completion of the newly delivered Fair Oaks play structure located at the primary playground are, from left: Dan Casey, Joey Prather, Clifton Curry, Trudy Vierra, Becky Peregoy, Kathy Pinol and Crista Seefeldt. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

A two-week long mystery was brought to a close Tuesday morning as Fair Oaks students were treated to a ceremonial ribbon cutting of their newest playground.

Fair Oaks Elementary Principal Kathy Pinol greeted the primary grade students (first through third) as the new structure sat waiting for them behind her. Students cheered and giggled as Pinol repeated speculations some students offered in its early construction.

“They did not know what was going here,” Pinol shared of the early construction.

In early February the previous structure was removed and the digging, pouring and construction began.

During the initial week of the two-week process, Pinol teased the students as she surmised construction of a potential pool. Knowing their playground area was involved, though, it’s likely the youngsters knew better and didn’t anticipate going for a swim on campus.

“Does this look like a pool?” she asked the students Tuesday morning. “Show of hands, who’s ready to play on this?”

Shortly following the presentation, students were released for morning recess and able to climb, slide and run circles through the freshly laid bark and tackle all the fun features of the new play structure.