The Beebe School will see a new playground and the Ferryway School tot lot will receive upgrades as two construction projects are underway. Both projects will provide new accessible play opportunities for children regardless of physical ability and are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program that provides annual funding for cities like Malden for projects that serve low- and moderate-income people. The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is administering these projects on behalf of the City.
The new playground at Beebe School will be located on the west side of the school and will be accessible from the upper level. The playground includes a wheelchair ramp to provide access to different play panels for all students to play individually or in groups. The play structure also includes a spiral slide, climbers, ladders, steppers and other play elements. Sciaba Construction of Walpole, MA was selected through a competitive bid process to perform construction. The Beebe School project is funded with $200,000 in CDBG funds.
At the Ferryway School tot lot, the existing woodchip surfacing will be replaced with a resilient safety surfacing that is fully ADA accessible. A new play panel and two new benches will also be added. Belko Landscaping of Salem, NH was selected to perform construction through a competitive bid process. The project is funded with $80,000 in CDBG funds.
“The MRA is proud to partner with the City to create public spaces that will be accessible to all Malden residents,” said MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke. “These two projects will ensure that Beebe and Ferryway playgrounds can be enjoyed by all children of all abilities.”
“I'm so thrilled that the Beebe School community will soon have a beautiful new, accessible play structure for all students to enjoy,” said Ward 3 Councillor Amanda Linehan. “As a proud Beebe parent, I know that it is a welcoming place for children of all abilities, and this newly inclusive playground will make sure every child has access to the kind of fun, enriching equipment they deserve. Thanks to the MRA and City of Malden for prioritizing these improvements so that all our children can learn through play."
“Play is important to all children’s development and the upgrades to the Ferryway School tot lot will support the holistic approach to learning,” said Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe. “Ferryway is home to the Intensive Learning Program that serves students with physical and cognitive disabilities. Having a tot lot that these students can access is critical to meeting their needs.”
Both projects are scheduled to be completed this fall.