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Playground will not be built on elementary school grounds


A community-built playground will not go on the grounds of Edgewater Elementary School, a victory for the organization behind the project and the school community that objected to the location.

The school board sided with its staff yesterday in denying permission to put the project at the school.

The South County Jaycees had a tentative agreement with the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks to build the wooden playground at Edgewater Park, next to the school. Opponents wanted the $60,000 structure on school grounds and available to the public.

The Jaycees, school officials and others objected to that plan, saying teachers could not properly supervise children on the maze, that the playground did not meet school guidelines and that users would leave trash that school custodians did not have time to clean up.

Patrick Wood, who is in charge of the Jaycees' project, said the group will take its toys where they are wanted.

The Glebe Heights community sent him a letter saying it would be delighted to have the playground at Loch Haven Park in Edgewater. Mr. Wood said his group also is considering sites in Davidsonville and Harwood and is working with county parks officials on the selection.

Construction, which will involve 1,500 people and take nearly a week, is tentatively scheduled for March 27-30.

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