Watertown school playgrounds still awaiting updates, progress slowed by reallocation of funds, COVID delays

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WATERTOWN — Before injuries occurred due to old playground equipment, the Watertown City School District said in 2019 it was taking steps to make necessary updates to three elementary school playgrounds in the district: Ohio, Starbuck, and Knickerbocker.

To that end, $200,000 had been put aside for the 2019-20 school year for the playgrounds — the first time money had been allocated in the budget specifically for playgrounds, aside from annual allotments for woodchips — and planning had begun for what needed to be done at the various district playgrounds.

Now, in 2021, the work that the district had been planning years ago has still not been done and the funds reallocated to other projects deemed more essential at the time.

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