Volume 78 / Number 6 - July 9 - 15, 2008
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New nonprofit group is out to renovate playgrounds

From left, P.S 142 Principal Rhonda Levy and Out2Play Executive Director Andrea Wenner presented Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer on July 2 with thank you notes from P.S. 142 students grateful for their new playground, after which Stringer then joined them in a ribbon-cutting. The new playground at the Lower East Side school on 100 Attorney St., between Rivington and Delancey Sts., is the first of 26 to be built this summer by Out2Play, a nonprofit organization committed to providing play spaces in

economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Out2Play’s renovations are

funded with private and public monies. “I am proud to be part of this

movement that is providing our children with renovated areas where they can play safely,” said Stringer, who has

contributed funding to Out2Play for three playground projects in the borough. The renovated P.S. 142 playground

features play structures, including a wheelchair accessible one, a basketball court, kickball diamond, track,

hopscotch, four square and other

blacktop games, chess tables, trees and benches. A three-year-old organization, Out2Play has a list of 118 city

elementary schools that need new playgrounds but are not slated to get one through Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative or any other public efforts. The organization’s goal is to

provide a playground to every one of these 118 schools, which, in total, serve 100,000 children.

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