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New Playground Opens at Ochoa Elementary

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It’s playtime at the new Ellen Ochoa Elementary, 3303 S. 121st E. Ave., as the school opens its playground for the first time.

“We opened the playground on June 20, and the kids just love it,” says Principal Rita Long. The school is hosting summer school programs for its students and neighboring students from Rosa Parks Elementary.

Ellen Ochoa, Union’s newest elementary, opened its doors last fall, but did not have access to most of the playground. Now, students have access to lots of play areas that will eventually serve more than 1,000 students when the school opens its second wing in fall 2020.

The new playground boasts a large hard surface area with two basketball goals, two swings sets with six swings each, one with an ADA seat; five slides, boulder walls for climbing, a shade pavilion/outdoor classroom, a dig site, seating wall steps, a “big toy” with wood fiber safe surface for kids to climb on and more.

Next to the playground is a 5,000-square-foot area that is under development for a food forest and garden space. More than 60 trees have been planted nearby and an outdoor water fountain will be installed. (Access to some of the newly-sodded area is temporarily limited to give the grass a chance to grow over the summer.)

The playground features a walking path; seven laps will make a mile. It will also have space for three small soccer fields and artificial rocks for climbing.

Lighting and security cameras are in place, as well as fencing and lighting. There will also be wireless access to the Internet and a handicapped-accessible ramp as well as a teacher overlook.

Updated 07-24-2018

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