Most of NCSD playgrounds reopen for the summer

A CNCHD sign on the fence at Paradise Valley Elementary School.
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Natrona County School District has been working with CNCHD since the pandemic forced schools to close. NCSD's Public Relations Officer Tanya Southerland, said they have been hearing from the community a lot about when they would reopen the playgrounds. With community safety in mind, CNCHD gave NCSD the go ahead last week.

"We do know that when we had to close those playgrounds earlier in March, it was disappointing to our community because they are used to being able to utilize that resource and have a fun, family friendly opportunity to be outside. So we're very excited to be able to open those," said Southerland.

Southerland said NCSD is encouraging the community to follow safety guidelines while out on the playgrounds and stay home if you are sick. She said custodial and maintenance crews maintain the grounds throughout the year and cleaning measures of the playgrounds will be implemented as summer school begins in late July.

"We're very excited for our community to be able to enjoy and utilize the equipment and playgrounds they're part of, and like I said, our schools are their schools. So we're really excited just to be able to continue to see our community engage and have a fun and active summer," said Southerland.

The reopening the playgrounds not only benefits local families, but a local organization as well.

"The kids are just having fun and it gives them a chance to let loose, and kind of remember what it was like to play on the playgrounds before they were shutdown. So I think it means a lot to them," said Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming gym teacher, Zach Powell.

Powell said BGCCW has kept staff on during the shutdown and their bus drivers take them to activities during the summer, so having the playgrounds open is helping the drivers as well.

Due to construction projects, the playgrounds at Park, Crest Hill, Evansville, Pineview and Manor Heights will remain closed.