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City Plans to Renovate Lincoln School Playground

The Lincoln Elementary School project was expected to happen in 2014; however, a recent $25,000 donation from the owner of a Dunkin' Donuts in Melrose has helped pushed the project's timetable to 2013.

While it appeared renovation work would not begin until 2014, a recent donation from a Melrose business has the Lincoln Elementary School playground project on track for this year.

George Scrivanos, franchisee of the Dunkin Donuts location at 348 Main St., and Dunkin' Donuts made a $25,000 donation to the Lincoln School playground project, according to Mayor Rob Dolan. During a recent press conference, Dolan said he will propose the city contribute an additional $10,000 toward the project.

"Mr. Scrivanos and Dunkin' Donuts stepped up to the plate as a major contributor to the skate park several years ago, and once again he has shown his generosity in making this project a reality," Dolan said in a press statement. The playground project is the final piece of a revitalization to that section of the city, as infrastructure improvements were made to Wyoming Square while a "major investment" was made to the Lincoln School baseball field that is used by the National Little League, Dolan explained.

"Over the past several months, Ward 5 Alderman Gail Infurna and a group of neighborhood parents have identified improving the playground at the corner of West Wyoming Avenue and Cottage Street as a neighborhood priority," Dolan said in the statement, adding that the Roosevelt Elementary School playground was the top priority as far as area playgrounds were concerned. 

The city will be partnering the Roosevelt PTO and the Amazing Grace Foundation to make improvements to the Roosevelt playground this summer, and the Lincoln School playground work was expected to begin in 2014, according to Dolan. However, the Dunkin' Donuts donation has pushed the timetable forward for the Lincoln School and work is likely to begin in 2013, he added.

John corbin January 16, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I am all for the playground improvements. What we (the immediate property owners) would also like is better inforcement of the parking at the corner of Cottage and West Wyoming. People who drive to the playground often park on Cottage street where there are two signs clearly posted, "No Parking". It creates a problem when you either exit Cottage to West Wyoming or enter Cottage from West Wyoming. There is parking on the school property but it must be too far to walk!
Paul Armstrong January 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Wonderful news that generous donations from townpeople and local businesses will make this happen. However, parents and PTO should not assume this equipment will be made available to all elementary school age children during recess. The Horace Mann playground (age appropriate for 5-12 yer olders) which was fully funded and maintained by the PTO and local parents has unexplicably been off limits to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at recess since the new principal arrived. Now they stand around on the blacktop doing nothing. Be smart and set the parameters upfront with the school administration in advance of funding this endeavor to ensure that your child will actually have access to this new equipment during school recess.
Ellie Tedeschi January 24, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Why does the school need a new playground? The school is fairly new? It is better than some of the other schools in Melrose.

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