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Parents, local government officials and members of the ECEC of Schenectady cutting the ribbon off of the new playground. Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Handicapped Accessible Playground Unveiled

SCHENECTADY — On July 20, the Early Childhood Education Center in Schenectady celebrated the opening of a playground which will be accessible to children with disabilities. “It represented the teamwork of our dedicated staff, our families and the Schenectady community…

Town officials and campers hold up the ribbon at the Avon Crest Park. Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

New Playground for Avon Crest Park

  NISKAYUNA- Before July 20, if kids at the Niskayuna Summer Camp program wanted to use a playground, they had to get a big group of kids together and walk to the complete opposite end of Avon Crest Park. “But…

Students brace themselves to run for the playground equipment as soon as the ribbon is cut. Photo: Rebecca Isenhart

Ribbon cut on new Birchwood playground

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter On Friday, Sept. 18, families from the Birchwood school community gathered to celebrate the school’s brand-new, colorful playground, which had just been completed with special flooring earlier in the week. The playground is more than…

Volunteers work on a new playground behind Birchwood Elementary School in Niskayuna Saturday, July 11, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Army of volunteers builds new school playground

UPDATE: The Birchwood playground will be ready for play in September. Organizers are still waiting for the special shock-absorbing floor to be installed for children’s safety. BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Anyone at Birchwood Elementary School, from kindergartners…

Parts of the Birchwood playground that have wooden supports will be demolished soon to make room for a safer playset. Photo by Rebecca Isenhart

Deteriorated Birchwood playground closed down

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Unseasonably warm weather in the 40s and 50s would normally allow kids at Birchwood Elementary a short window to enjoy their playground before spring. This year, however, that won’t be possible: the playground…