DOVER -- An optimal playground for children was approved by the school board, months after Dover School received an anonymous donation that would assist with the costs.
"The flooring was cheaper than any of the ones that came around and it's made with recycled timbers," said Dover School Building Committee Chairman Johnny Cleanthes. "This one is actually bigger than what (the other bidder) was giving us. It looks like there's more to do on this one and there's canopies over it."
Although the playground he recommended to the Dover School Board cost $10,000 more than the other design, the committee and school board agreed that it was the best option. It was noted that the equipment's material won't create an issue of children getting splinters.
On Oct. 22, the building committee opened the two bids it had received since its previous bids had expired. The terms had been set to expire in 30 days and the board had not yet chosen a company.
At the previous board meeting, Dover School Board Chairman Rich Werner recommended that the bidding companies be notified that a choice had not been made yet. It was requested that the prices be reconfirmed or prices be known again.
The board took the committee's recommendation, which was to award the New England Recreation Group. The price tag for the project is $35,000.
Cleanthes said that there was about $33,000 available for funding the project. Werner advised him to contact the company and see what it can do with what funding the school currently has.
Most of the funding will be coming from an anonymous $25,000 donation that was received by the school in May. The Parent Teacher Organization raised $5,142.14 and Mount Snow's Dew Tour donation totaled $3,592.31.
Cleanthes said he would make the purchase offer on the day following the board meeting. The equipment would then get to the school in three to four weeks.
A couple weeks after receiving the equipment, a community build will be held, he said. The school will reach out to members of the community to assist with assembling the new playground.
"Once we get the O.K. and the plans of where to put the posts, we can start dismantling (the old playground) posts. Hopefully the week before the community build, we'll have everything prepped and ready to go," Cleanthes said.
When the concern of snow was brought up, he said there would be a bulldozer on site that can be used to clear the snow. Werner verified that it would not be an issue.
A member of the public asked why the playground would be built in the winter.
"In the four years I've been here, we actually use the playground in the winter," said Dover School Principal Bill Anton. "They are sledding then they are on the stuff. They are swinging and they are sliding."
In addition, the offer on that playground offer is only good until the end of the month.
A plaque will be placed someplace outside. A ceremony, which will publicly recognize the person who donated the funds and unveil the playground, will also be scheduled.
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