Opening of a new playground at Orchard Farms school

Daniel Kittredge

A new playground at Orchard Farms Elementary School officially opened on Friday, and local officials were on hand to mark the occasion with a ribbon cut.

“I hope this will be appreciated… for many years to come,” said city councilor Mario Aceto.

The state-of-the-art $ 75,000 playground was built by BigToys Inc., with the project overseen by the Cranston Parks and Recreation Department and funded through voter-approved bonds.

John LaRue of JP LaRue Inc., representing BigToys in New England, said the playground features a raised design and mulch that deters pests, bees and fleas. The design also used recycled materials and aims to promote interaction between children while ensuring safety.

Kim Magnelli, principal of Orchard Farms, said the school’s 350 or so students are closely monitoring the progress of the project and eager to complete it.

“They were so excited about it,” she said.

Superintendent Dr Judith Lundsten said the completed playground exceeded his expectations based on the design plans.

“It’s a great addition to our school,” she said, praising the “really innovative equipment” included in the final product.

“This is a long overdue project,” said Mayor Allan Fung.

Rebecca W. King

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