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Blaine Primary School getting new playground by September

Ron Cushway, left, and Gary Rogers from R&R Construction install a railing on a new play structure at Blaine Primary School on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Installing a new play structure was cheaper than moving the old one to make way for an addition to the primary school.
Ron Cushway, left, and Gary Rogers from R&R Construction install a railing on a new play structure at Blaine Primary School on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Installing a new play structure was cheaper than moving the old one to make way for an addition to the primary school. The Bellingham Herald

A new Blaine Primary School playground will be completed in time for the first day of school in September, according to the district.

The new playground is being built about 100 feet from the existing playground on the same lot, said Blaine School District Superintendent Ron Spanjer. It is one of the first projects that will be completed using a $45 million bond approved by voters in February.

“It should be quite an attraction to families with young children that want them to play in an area that’s safe,” Spanjer said.

The playground had equipment chosen with the help of staff at Blaine Primary School, Spanjer said. There will be no swings because of safety concerns, but there will be slides, platforms and other features kids love.

The playground had to be moved to make room for the construction of an eight-classroom pod that will allow the school to offer all-day, everyday kindergarten starting in the 2016-17 school year. Construction on the additional classrooms should start in October.

The playground project will cost around $90,000 — $65,000 for new equipment and $25,000 for installation. All of that money is accounted for in the bond, Spanjer said.

Playgrounds at the primary school, elementary school, and Point Roberts Primary School all need upgrades, Spanjer said. The district has not yet set a timeline on the playground replacements for the other two schools.

During the school year, Spanjer anticipates some commotion around Blaine Primary School as workers build the extra classrooms. He hopes it isn’t too much of a distraction for the kids inside.

“There might be some future contractors in those classes,” Spanjer said.

Reach Wilson Criscione at 360-756-2803 or wilson.criscione@bellinghamherald.com.

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