Installation of new playground equipment at Gastineau Community School finished Monday, with the new school year starting Tuesday. But shortly after the playground opened, children found metal wire pieces in the new rubber ground covering, said Kristin Bartlett, Juneau School District chief of staff.
“They were small but really sharp,” Bartlett described.
Two children were cut by the wires, Bartlett said. Their injuries were not serious and they were treated by the school nurse and other staff, she said.
Play areas with the rubber ground covering have been fenced off, and children cannot use the playground equipment, Bartlett said. The city contacted the vendor of the equipment, which agreed to provide metal detectors and strong magnets to help remove any remaining metal pieces. The school will reopen the playground as soon as it is safe, hopefully by the end of next week, Bartlett said.
The covered play area, climbing wall, ball field, swings and basketball court at Gastineau are still open, a district release stated.