The Athens Area School District board of education this week gave permission for the district to donate unused playground equipment from the closed Gladys Burnham Elementary School to Ridgebury Township.

Equipment from the school, one of three temporarily closed after the district's recent restructuring, will be used at the township's Community Park. Township officials and residents have recently focused on holding more events and making further improvements to the park.

The donation comes after township supervisor Gary Gee wrote the district requesting a possible donation on behalf of the township's park committee. "We have a beautiful community park that could benefit from the use of this equipment," Gee wrote in the letter, dated March 1.

According to the letter, the committee expressed the most interest in receiving a slide, straight track ride and basketball hoops located at the school. The committee has planned to add a basketball half-court to the park.

Gee said that park committee members would be responsible for moving and relocating the equipment, as well as any re-landscaping and seeding that would need to be done following the equipment's removal.

According to a memorandum from Jeff Schrader, the district's director of buildings and grounds, the township may have all of the school's playground equipment, except for several items that will be removed from the playground and relocated at SRU Elementary School, where students in the three closed elementary schools were consolidated this school year.

District maintenance staff will disassemble two ball tosses, a swing set, a bicycle rack and store them at SRU until they can be installed there, Schrader wrote.

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