Topsham Primary School is to get a new play area

After nine years of fundraising, Williams-Cone Primary School in Topsham plans to start construction next month on a new playground.

Principal Randa Rineer said the “beloved” original wooden structure was not salvageable as it was erected 25 to 30 years ago and was heavily worn.

“It’s the Friends of Williams-Cone [parent group] which has been fundraising for nine years now,” Rineer said. “The Playground Committee is a branch that came together to create the design and install it.”

The main contractor for the new playground is Mac Hunter, a relative of Williams-Cone.

Hunter has already assembled the structure on his property to get a better idea of ​​its layout, school board member Kim Totten said in a recent meeting.

Totten said Hunter salvaged a sentimental piece from the original structure and repurposed it for the new playground. He will, “bring it back to a new life,” she said. Details of the piece he saved have not been revealed.

The final cost of the project will be determined at a meeting of the playground committee to be held on Zoom on April 5.

“We don’t have an actual dollar figure yet because so much of what’s happening is given, both in time and resources. It’s happening pretty quickly because we want to install it over April Break,” Rineer said.

The current plan is to start assembling the structure on April 15, hoping it will be ready for the return of students from spring break, she added.


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