CUYAHOGA FALLS — The students at the new Woodridge Elementary School have the city of Cuyahoga Falls to thank for the new playground equipment on the grounds of the school.

The Woodridge school board formally accepted the donation of the equipment, valued at $207,171, at its Aug. 20 meeting. The school opened its doors the last school year, and combines the grades from the former primary and intermediate schools.

Treasurer Tom Morehouse said the vote was a bookkeeping matter and the city "can take the playground equipment off of its books." Morehouse added the city will still maintain it.

"We could not have built that school without the city of Cuyahoga Falls," said Superintendent Walter Davis. "They waived the water hookup fee, changed the speed limit, and donated the playground equipment. The partnership we have with the city is not something all school districts have. We call the city at any time and get help. It's not always free..."

"But it's fair," said Tammy Heffernan, board member. "Our relationship with the city is not to be taken lightly."

Kelli Crawford-Smith, director of the Neighborhood Excellence, Communications and Community Outreach Department, said that the city of Cuyahoga Falls “commonly builds and maintains playgrounds for both the Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge school districts.”

“The city will maintain the playground as it does all of the playgrounds for the Cuyahoga Falls city schools,” Crawford-Smith said. “It is a fully accessible park which was preferred by both the city and the school so that it benefits the school and the community as a whole and all children can enjoy the equipment and physical activity.

“The playground was funded through the Parks and Recreation recreation levy fund out of the 2017 and 2018 budgets and it opened in 2018,” she added.

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