The Newton Community Board of Education will hold a public hearing at its board meeting on Monday to gain input on a recommendation to demolish the playground fort at Emerson Hough School.
A subcommittee of board of education members studied the issue and earlier this summer proposed that due to safety concerns the playground structure be demolished.
The wooden playground structure has seen significant vandalism over the years.
School board member Nat Clark, a member of the study committee, posted on a social media web site that several options are available for the board to consider:
- remove all the equipment and ground cover and replace it with suitable ground cover.
- remove all equipment except the swing and repair them to make them safe.
- repaint the basketball area and replace the broken backboard, but remove the tether ball.
- repair the benches and lighting in the shelter and repair the benches on the field.
Clark also noted that it has been suggested that a possible replacement in the fort area could be the construction of a sand volleyball court. A suggestion was made to the Newton Independent that the area could serve as a community garden for the neighborhood.
Any member of the public is invited to weigh in on the topic when the school board holds the public comment period during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the annex building, 807 S. 6th Ave. W.