WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Workers broke ground this week for two playgrounds at Charles Olbon Elementary School.

According to Mayor Keith Kazmark, the borough was approached last year by the Woodland Park Board of Education and the Woodland Park Special Needs Advisory Committee (WP SNAC) with the idea to install two playgrounds, one for special needs children and the other with general play equipment.

The borough's Open Space Committee and Borough Council unanimously approved $140,000 from the local open space trust fund to complete the project.

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Work started this week on site for the playgrounds. They are located in the rear of the school facility. Kazmark said that the work is expected to be completed some time in October.

The equipment will be furnished with Play World pieces. Installation is being done by George Ely Associates. One playground will be aimed at 2 to 5 year olds, and measure 1,650 square feet, and the other for 5 to 12 year olds, and measure 2,069 square feet.

There will be a number of sensory play panels included in the equipment installed, as well as a piece called "Balance Trax" which improve balance skills by allowing children to walk along uneven platforms using handrails to encourage safe risk taking. 

"This was a true collaboration between the Board of Education and the Borough which will result in new opportunities both during the school day for our kids at COS and beyond for those who live in the neighborhood," said Kazmark.