New York elementary schools are woefully lacking in outdoor play spaces, with nearly half of all schools having no playground for recess, and schools in minority communities are the worst off, a new report released yesterday by state Senator Jeffrey Klein finds.
Report Finds City Schools Suffer Playground Deficit
Mr. Klein introduced a bill that would ban the construction of any school without a playground and prohibit current schools from using yard space for any purpose that would result in less room for play areas.
"We go to schools that either have nothing in their lot or have old, outdated, and potentially unsafe equipment," the founder and executive director of Out2Play, Andrea Wenner, said.
Hmmm. Maybe instead of selling city-owned land to developers for a $1 so they could overdevelop our neighborhoods, the mayor should have been building schools with adequate playgrounds. Now we have to build school extensions in schoolyards, such as the one at PS49, above. And partly because of this, the kids are suffering from obesity, so we have to bulldoze forests to provide play areas for them. This policy makes sense.