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Playground won’t slide to baseball diamond

MANLIUS – After a few months of discussion, the Manlius Village Board has decided not to remove the playground equipment at the Bureau Valley Alternative Education School and place it near the baseball diamond off of North Main Street.

On Tuesday, board member Jan Williams said she looked into bids for the project, and they ranged from $7,000 to $10,000 to move and place the playground structure.

Williams said she also spoke with a representative from the playground’s manufacturing company and found out the company would not remove the structure because it was outdated and no longer Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved.

“It doesn’t mean it’s no good; it just means it’s not good for people with disabilities,” Williams said.

She pointed out if movers happened to break poles or pieces off the structure during the move, the village wouldn’t be able to find parts to replace the damaged pieces because it was outdated. Williams also said a teacher had questioned why the village was taking the equipment from the school and had asked what would students play with if it was taken.

The board considered the situations and questioned the high cost required to move the structure. They decided taking the playground wouldn’t be worth the cost, especially if it didn’t have the ADA approval.

Board member Darrell Anderson suggested if the board  wanted to install playground equipment somewhere, they should look into purchasing something new and smaller.  

Manlius Village President Robin Hewitt said he would be in contact with the school to say the village would be taking a different route with the playground equipment.

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