Chagrin Falls Schools was honored by the Ohio Park & Recreation Association (OPRA) at their annual conference on February 3 during a session titled “Turning Research into Practice.”
OPRA recognized the District as part of their “Promotes Play Initiative” in which the District received a $20,000 grant to off-set local bond funds for the construction of the new Chagrin Falls Intermediate School playground this past summer. The aim of the grant was to support public places of play and recreation. The new playground was constructed to promote healthy lifestyles with key design elements aligned to the National Standards for Physical Education. Those design elements include balancing, climbing and brachiating (endurance, hand-eye coordination, and rhythmic movement). School District staff worked collaboratively with architects and outdoor recreation industry professionals to develop the concept for the playground.
The District would also like to thank the Chagrin Falls Dads’ Club for its support. This past summer, the Dads’ Club held an event that drew nearly 50 volunteers to assemble and install the new playground equipment. This allowed the District to further off-set installation and labor costs on the total project.