January 21, 2021

Selectmen Express Concern Over Playground

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The Seekonk Board of Selectmen expressed their concerns over the safety of equipment at the playground adjacent to Town Hall. The discussion took place after Selectman Chris Zorra reported getting complaints about injuries caused from children sliding down bars. “I wish I just caught it in the planning stages,” Zorra said at Wednesday’s meeting. “When I saw that, I just figured it was a slide. I don’t agree with it and a lot of other parents obviously don’t either.”

“There’s a number of things over there you can get hurt on if you’re not paying attention,” Selectman David Viera said. “You’ve got to make sure that your child is attempting to do something that is age appropriate. Some of the responsibility falls back on the parents. We can’t be responsible for everything. We can’t be there.”

“It is ultimately the responsibility of parents to watch (their children) and make sure they’re playing on appropriate equipment,” Selectman David Andrade noted. “We provided equipment that is appropriate for certain ages in the playground.”

Chairman Justin Sullivan said the situation was worth looking into. “Nothing is perfectly designed,” he added. “It could just be a flaw with the original design itself.”

The playground, which was completed last June, cost $357,000.

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