School officials, students and representatives from Out2Play, the Brooklyn Borough President’s office and the Barclays Nets Community Alliance assembled on Wednesday, November 9, to celebrate the playground opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Students performed and gave thank you cards in a show of appreciation for the new playground.
“Movement is so important for health, and even helps kids focus better in school. We’ve always been dedicated to providing opportunities for every one of our students to engage in exercise and active play, and this playground inspires our young ones to be active and have fun,” said PS 9 Principal Sandra D’Avilar. “We are also grateful to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for his continued support and the Department of Education and Barclays Nets Community Alliance for all of their efforts in funding this playground renovation.”
The stimulating play space came to life via a collaborative design process that was spearheaded by a Playground Committee, which included school leaders, parents, students, Out2Play and an architect. The Committee then finalized a design plan based on three proposals and created a lively space to accommodate the needs of students from grades Pre-K to the 8th Grade. In addition to the fully ramped, accessible play equipment, the expansive school yard also features a basketball court, tennis courts, a track, a handball court; multi-purpose field; drop shot; chess tables; benches; brightly painted hopscotch, 4-square, alphabet and number grid games; as well as new trees. “The future of this city lies in the hands of today’s youth and nurturing their health and development should be a top priority,” said Andrea Wenner, founder and executive director of Out2Play. “Out2Play maintains its resolve to provide school children across the City with safe and stimulating playspaces and we are very excited to continue our work in Brooklyn in partnership with the Borough President and the Barclays Nets Community Alliance.”