New community playground opens at Chatham Elementary School
After years of hard work by scores of individuals and organizations, a new, accessible community playground has opened at Chatham Elementary School. Planning for this playground project began years ago with the CES Playground and Beautification Committee, which was composed of parents, teachers, town officials, and community members. The bulk of the funding for this project came in the form of a Community Preservation Act grant from the Town of Chatham, with additional fundraising supported by the Chatham PTO. The playground was installed in recent weeks, and after receiving inspection approval, officially opened for play on January 7, 2020. CES Principal Dr. Robin Millen held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 8 to celebrate this milestone and thank all of those who supported the project. In her remarks, Dr. Millen thanked the following people and groups: 2013-2020 CES Playground and Beautification Committee; Chatham PTO; 2015-2020 CES School Council; MRSD Director of Facilities; CES Custodial Staff; MRSD Superintendent and Business Manager; Town of Chatham Community Preservation Committee; Town of Chatham Select Board; Town of Chatham Board of Finance; Director Chatham Park and Rec and the Park and Rec crew; Chatham Town Manager; Director of the DPW and the DPW crew; O’Brien and Sons; Joe and Jodi and her crew; Chatham Fire and Police Departments; the 21 organizations that wrote letters of support; Chatham Merchants, the voters of Chatham, all others/organizations that provided time, talents, and treasures to this project; and the students, faculty, and staff of CES.
The playground is located on the ground of Chatham Elementary School and is used by students during the school day, and is also open to the public in the afternoons, weekends, school vacations, and during the summer. The new equipment and poured-in-place surfacing are accessible to a wide range of users, and encourage creative, active play and collaboration.