Irving ISD Partners with the City for New and Improved Playtime
Playtime is getting a brand new look for students at Johnston and Lively elementary schools, thanks to a partnership between Irving ISD and the city of Irving. The new project is a part of the city’s Capital Improvement Program that will invest more than $700,000 to install and replace old playground equipment. This partnership is a continuation of a joint effort set in motion nearly 20 years ago. Johnston and Lively were originally two of three district schools selected to receive new play areas in 1999. When the city completed its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, it identified several areas where a need for parkland existed but was unavailable. The city and Irving ISD soon agreed to build playgrounds on three school sites that would be available for neighborhood use after hours. Now 20 years later, playgrounds at Johnston and Lively are getting a fresh look after reaching their life cycles. However, this time, plans will feature a modern design hand-picked by the ones who will use it the most. From life-size animals to wall climbers, the district worked with architects and engineers to incorporate student ideas in the process. The result - themed play areas with top-of-the-line equipment sure to keep children of all ages active and engaged.
“It is wonderful to know this revitalization will benefit our families for many years to come,” says Irving ISD Acting Superintendent of Schools Magda Hernandez. “Any opportunity to foster healthy lifestyles and provide spaces for community engagement is a win for the district.” With construction complete at Lively, Irving ISD and the city hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony October 25 to commemorate the moment. Photos from the event can be found here. Installation at Johnston is underway and will soon open for all to enjoy.
“The City of Irving and Irving Independent School District have a long history of collaboration that has proven beneficial to the residents of Irving,” adds Park and Recreation Interim Director Joe Moses. “Working together to provide quality playgrounds for students and the neighborhood to share is a prime example of our successful partnership.”