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Letter to the Editor: State Bond Funds for HES Playground; A Huge Win for Haddam

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. We welcome supporting or opposing views on any published item. Received October 21, 2022.

On July 29, 2022, Haddam officials announced terrific news: $480,000 for significant improvements to the Haddam Elementary School site. State Bond Commission language dictates that the funds will “provide a grant-in-aid to the Town of Haddam for a roof replacement and recreational upgrades at Haddam Elementary School.”

 The roof update is important, but the recreational upgrade is incredible news for families in town! It is highly visible, inclusive, and necessary.

First Selectman Bob McGarry said it well: “​​The funds will allow people of all ages to enjoy recreational activities at the Haddam Elementary School.”

Rarely does the social media community rally together in such a positive fashion. Families expressed jubilation, provided creative ideas for the new playground space, and cheered for the progress on the playspace.

Town officials connected with the public to find potential focus areas for the recreational space, and people did not disappoint! Pickleball, a new playground, water-based play, a dog park, and much much more. Optimism for the space appears high, and frankly, this is exactly what our town needs.

I drive by HES daily. There is so much potential for a space that needs some love. This playground, funded by the State, and heralded by town leadership, is a huge step in the right direction.

Thank you to the State Bond Commission for approving this recreational project, our state delegation – Representative Palm and Senator Needleman – for advocating for the funds, and town leadership for openly committing to this playspace project. This shows cooperation and honesty at all levels of government, a key ingredient to our future success.

Finally, I can’t wait to see pure excitement on kids’ faces, including my own, when the playspace opens. That will be worth infinitely more than the $480K provided by the state.

 Hamish MacPhail, Higganum

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