Empire editorial: Vote yes on playground

Posted: Sunday, October 05, 2008

It's completely understandable if voters may decide against the $1.7 million bond measure that would pay for a covered playground at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The community has been asked repeatedly through the years to approve bonds for big-ticket items such as a new high school and a pool for the Mendenhall Valley. Property owners may very well decide they've had enough.

Nevertheless, we'd be doing our community - and especially the residents of Lemon and Switzer creeks - a disservice by voting no on this measure. Every other school in the district has some sort of athletic facility or covered playground for kids to use. The children in the Lemon Creek area need a place within walking distance to go and play games when school is out.

The court also would be used during school hours. Dzantik'i Heeni's principal says the facility wouldn't be limited to games during breaks, but for outdoor art, science and writing classes as well.

The state will likely pay for 70 percent of the project's cost, which would mean property owners would pay an additional $2 for every $100,000 in assessed value for the next 10 years. This measure won't cost us much but will pay huge dividends in the quality of life of our children.

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