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Many schools are faced with a dilemma nowadays: there is a need for students to be active and engaged in physical activities however facilities are often inadequate or deteriorating. Schools are faced with an economic challenge in regards to upgrading these amenities and this is where STI stepped in to help a school in New South Wales.
After years of planning and fundraising for the playground project at Oyster Bay Public School, the contract was awarded to STI based largely on the quality of the product we could provide. STI were involved in the design, base preparation and surfacing works for the school’s aged multi-sport asphalt area.
The school had specific requirements in wanting STI to retain the existing trees, marrying the design to the extensive surrounding infrastructure and meeting the activity expectations of the teachers, parents and students. And as NSW Manager Hayden Garn states, ‘It was quite heart-warming to take an old deteriorated area and transform it into a functional sports and recreation area for the local school children.’
APTA’s SuperGrasse Eco Turf 4G Gold was used for the surface and this allows students to play a variety of sports from football, to netball, to basketball and volleyball.
‘STI have transformed a drab, unattractive and unforgiving playground into a surface which caters strongly for the needs of the students and staff,’ stated Principal Mark Meecham. ‘Students want to play on the playground now. To see them actively engaged on a safe and secure playground surface, which caters for many sports, is inspiring,’ declared Mark.
Schools are encouraged to consider these types of renovations. As Oyster Bay Primary School has proved, with the help of Parent’s and Citizen’s Association, schools can have facilities they are both proud of and ones that meet the functional needs of the community.
‘STI have changed a real negative into a massive positive. They are to be highly commended for their professionalism, willingness to compromise and positive attitude towards the project,’ enthused Principal Mark Meecham.