Students at Triangle School have long dreaded rainy days: the rain spoiled not only recess on the day it rained, but often days after, when one of the school's outside play areas was a mud pit.
That's why several years ago the parents in the school's Home and School Association chose the construction of a new play area as a project, setting out to raise $30,000 in hopes of creating a smooth blacktop area for four-square and jump rope.
After rounding up volunteer help from Van Cleef Engineering for the design work, all was going well until the plans were submitted to the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission. The DRCC (which also recently thwarted a parking lot expansion at Amsterdam School) required the school to reduce the size of the impervious surface (cutting it back from about 10,000 square feet to just over 6,000)—and doubled the cost to more than $60,000.
The HSA was undaunted and met the goal—and on Friday, Triangle School students boogied, shimmied and skipped on the new play area after an afternoon ribbon-cutting by Triangle Principal Lisa Heisel and HSA President Michele Eilbacher.