Lea School, Philadelphia. Photo by: Bill Hangley Jr.

From: thenotebook.org

“There’s at least one new bright spot in a district unsettled by budget cuts, lawsuits, layoffs, and surprise resignations: Lea Elementary has a new playground.

“We’re excited for the work that’s been done, and the work to come,” said Amara Rockar of the West Philly Coalition for Public Schools, just before cutting the ribbon that officially opened Lea’s colorful new play structure to the public.

As happy students clambered about on its monkey bars and sliding poles, Rockar said the installation of the structure was an “important first step” toward transforming Lea’s one-acre asphalt lot into a tree-lined green space that can serve as a park for residents of all ages.

“The community wanted to see this kind of thing happen,” she said.

The opening marks the end of a year-long effort to bring the structure to Lea. It was originally installed in 2010 at nearby Wilson Elementary, with support from the Cole Hamels Foundation and the Spruce Hill Community Association. When Wilson closed, Lea was a logical next destination.”

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