Friday, November 10, 2000
Carlisle Castle closed for repairs
The Carlisle Castle playground on school property at the corner of School and Church Streets has been closed upon the recommendation of the school's insurer, as well as their safety consultant."We are glad we found out before anyone was harmed," said Carlisle School Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. Playground consultants hired by the school for the integrated preschool playground area recently informed the Carlisle Schools that the Carlisle Castle also needs adjustments to be safe for younger children and children with handicaps.
After more than a decade, the wooden structure, a favorite of children from Carlisle and neighboring towns, is still in relatively good shape, said Fox-Melanson in a telephone interview. However, she continued, it was never intended for children younger than six years and may not be safe or adequately accessible for handicapped children. In addition, state regulations governing playground safety have changed. The school will meet with a consultant and then call for bids and estimates for the needed repairs. However, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds David Flannery and his staff will be making some of the repairs and removing the play structures deemed too dangerous. It is too early to project a schedule for reopening.
Fortunately for Carlisle's youngest citizens, the Diment Park Tot Lot on Church Street is open and ready for action.
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