WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education recently approved funds to remove and rebuild a playground at Pond Hill School.
Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo said the request to remove the playscape, which is near overhead power lines, was made by Eversource Energy. A new playscape will be built on school grounds because the set can’t realistically be taken apart and put back together in a different location, he said.
“The playground is being (moved) in collaboration with some work that's being done by Eversource,” Menzo said. “So we really have no recourse...They are providing some funds for other aspects of the project, such as fencing and such.”
In an email Friday, Pond Hill Principal Kristin Vollero said the playscape will be moved to “the blacktop space in front of the existing playground.”
“We anticipate that the construction will not happen when school is in session,” Vollero wrote.
The playscape was built in two parts. Vollero said. The first section was built in the late 1990s and the second was built around 2010 and funded by the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
The location of the playground doesn’t present any danger at this time, Menzo said. Its removal will give Eversource the access needed to work on the power lines. Menzo and Mayor William Dickinson Jr. met with Eversource representatives about the project.
“We are currently working with the school department to have the playground moved out of our right of way,” said Frank Poirot, a representative from Eversource Energy.
In a meeting Tuesday night, the school board unanimously approved $82,621 in funding to rebuild the playground at Pond Hill.