Long-awaited Grandview Elementary School playground opens
After several years of applying for grants and months of renovations, the new playground at Grandview Elementary School in Tarentum is completed.
“It's such a great feeling,” said Erika Josefoski, vice president of Tarentum Council. “I have three students that are going to benefit from this.”
About 50 people gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the playground, but only about 20 children were present.
They were able to enjoy the new swings, playsets and basketball courts for a little while before playtime was interrupted by rain.
Tarentum Mayor Carl Magnetta thanked everyone involved with the process of updating the playground.
The playground has nearly $180,000 worth of new equipment, including swings, slides, climbing walls, a rubber mulch surface and a separate, fenced-in play area for children ages 2 to 5. In all, it cost about $271,000 to renovate.
The project was funded by a $200,000 Greenways Trails and Recreation grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development and a $40,000 donation from real estate developer Dale Greco. The borough and the Highlands School District worked together to secure the grant and split the remaining $31,000 needed for the project.
Two plaques at the playground were dedicated by Highlands School Board President Debbie Beale.
One honors Greco's parents, Raymond and Gloria Greco, who grew up in Tarentum.
Dale Greco, whose development company bought the former Heights Elementary Building from the school district, said it “felt right” to give back to the school district.
“My mother's favorite saying was ‘Do it for the children,' ” Greco said.
The other plaque honors Debbie Beucker, assistant principal at Highlands Middle School, and Carrie Fox, a Tarentum councilwoman, who were instrumental in getting the grant that allowed the renovations to occur.